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Music Therapy (Music, Health, Society) Mmus

Music Therapy (Music, Health, Society) Mmus

Key information

Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Music Therapy Sociology Of Health And Sickness

Course type


Course Summary

This programme trains you to work safely and effectively as a music therapist within the Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy. It does this by offering you opportunities to demonstrate that you have integrated learning from a variety of sources. The programme is two years (i.e. six terms long, and this is divided into three Parts of unequal length, You must pass each Part One (the first term) in order to progress to Part Two. You must pass Part Two (three terms long) in order to progress to Part Three. You must pass Part Three (two terms long) in order to be eligible for the final award of the Masters degree.

Your learning will be underpinned by the principles and practices of the music-focused Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy. This will be socially, politically and culturally contextualised by your experiences of working on placement within a range of health, social care, educational and community settings. It will also be nuanced by your growing awareness of contemporary perspectives of what music and music-making have to offer to health and well-being, including perspectives from sociology, musicology, psychology, health studies and community music.

This is a practice-centred programme. You will spend one full day per week throughout the programme on placement and we will expect you to demonstrate a growing capacity to work independently as the programme progresses. You will experience three different placements during your two years with us: the contrasts between these, as well as what you learn from your fellow students about their placements, will help you to think about what music therapy has to offer in different contexts. Supervision on the work you do at placement aims to ensure that you are thinking about and reflecting on your practice to an extent that ensures that you are working not only safely but also effectively: ultimately we want you to begin to develop your own "internal supervisor" so that you are equipped to work independently. We expect you to work hard on extending and diversifying your communicative and social musicianship so that you are able to exercise musical craft in making strategic and informed use of musical elements and processes in your work with people on placement. To support you in this we provide weekly small-group teaching in this area and we expect you to devote time to practising at home.

The programme’s learning outcomes are based on the Health and Care Professions Council’s Standards of Proficiency for Arts Therapists (which include specific standards for music therapists), the HCPC's Standards of Education and Training, the QAA Subject Benchmarks for the Arts Therapies as well as the specific competencies which underpin the music-focused Nordoff Robbins approach. The programme is delivered through placements, supervision, seminars, musical workshops and experiential learning. It makes use of small and large group formats. Role-play forms an important part of learning and you must be willing to participate in this even at times when you find it challenging. Likewise we expect all students to participate actively in all aspects of the programme: this includes being prepared to perform, sing, play and move in front of the group. Nordoff Robbins does not encourage applications from students looking simply to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip). The PGDip is an exit route which reflects the achievements of a student who, for reasons unconnected with their capacity for success at Masters level, are unable to continue with the programme beyond Part 2.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This module introduces: the core concepts of the Nordoff Robbins approach; the practicalities of working in a professional environment. During your Part One placement, you will be apprenticed to an experienced music therapist. You will spend a full working day with them each week, during which you will observe their sessions, joining in as appropriate, and even run your own sessions under their guidance, learning and discussing their ways of working in that particular setting.
Research Project

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Unfortunately, due to UK visa restrictions we are currently unable to accept applications from non-EU students

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Academic Requirements. Since this is a Masters programme, you must demonstrate a capacity to work at Masters level. This is usually satisfied by your possession of a first degree (at Bachelor's level 2.1 or equivalent), which need not be in Music. If you do not have a first degree, we encourage you to talk with us in advance of applying about other ways in which you might be able to demonstrate the relevant competencies, for example in the form of work you have done as part of an existing job, or through the compilation of a portfolio of work. English Language Requirements. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in English language. In accordance with the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), applicants whose first language is not English are required to be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 7 of the International English Language Testing System, with no element below 6.5.