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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 Music Therapy programme is an internationally renowned Master’s level programme, validated by Goldsmiths, University of London, run from training bases in London and Manchester, and from 2018 in Newcastle (subject to HCPC approval and Goldsmiths validation). Successful completion of this two-year full time course gives you eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a music therapist - the UK legal prerequisite for working in the profession. A career in music therapy is a highly rewarding path for musicians to follow, using music in strategic ways to help the people who need it most in all sorts of places and contexts. Choosing the right place to study is an important decision, particularly as there is more than one approach to music therapy. Through the programme, we are dedicated to ensuring you will: gain music therapy expertise to meet wide-ranging needs; learn about psychology, musicology, sociology, culture and health studies; learn about theoretical and research material from the music therapy field; gain the presentation skills to explain the impact of your work; gain entrepreneurial skills necessary for setting up and developing work; have an opportunity to connect with other professionals whose work overlaps with yours.

We are passionate about training people, and we want to grow the availability of high-quality music therapy services across the UK. We really want our graduates to build successful careers as music therapists, and we are currently committed to employing at least 50% of our graduates - growing our services nationwide (together with Nordoff Robbins Scotland). In addition, our graduates work across a wide range of education, health, community and social services, while some work in a self-employed capacity and others set up their own businesses. There are opportunities for qualified music therapists to specialise in research or teaching, and with experience, to supervise other music therapists and take up managerial roles. We give you the tools you need to work effectively as musicians for people, to enable you to take your career in all sorts of directions.

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

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to be: a competent musician - with a standard of playing equivalent to at least Grade 8 on their first instrument. If this is not a harmony instrument, they need a standard equivalent to Grade 6 so it’s important that they have some experience of working with populations who might access music therapy; Passionate about music-making with people - successful applicants have a sustained history of this, are passionate about what music and music-making have to offer people, and can articulate this clearly; Capable of working at Masters level - they will need to be able to think critically about things they read and hear, as well as about their own experiences. A Bachelor-level degree should prepare they for this, although we also assess this in the interview part of the audition. If they don’t have a first degree, they will need to demonstrate this skill in some other way: we can advise they on this if required.