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What will I learn?

The new MA Music Therapy helps meet a growing demand for expert practitioners who can harness the power of music in health, social care and community settings.

Course description

If you would like to register and go into practice as a music therapist, this inspirational new masters course is the ideal route to success.

  • Achieve your ambitions on the only course of its kind in the Midlands and North of England
  • Choose an innovative masters degree which places music and musicianship at the heart of your learning and focuses on an integrative approach to practice
  • Integrate theory with practical experience: you’ll spend a significant amount of your time on placement
  • Learn from our experienced and enthusiastic tutors who continue to practise professionally as music therapists
  • Broaden your perspectives through inter-professional learning with other arts therapists
  • Benefit from our flexible and convenient study modes so that you can balance your learning with your other commitments
  • Join a department with a longstanding reputation for high-quality training in therapeutic arts.

How you will learn

You will engage in practical/experiential group learning, lectures, seminars and personal tutorials. Practical application is integrated with the theory you need to understand and develop your practice.

Music practice and performance, musicality and improvisation will be central to your learning and development throughout the programme. The theoretical content of the course will largely be delivered face to face, with some use of blended learning where appropriate.

How you'll be assessed

The assessment methods are all based on your coursework. This includes a variety of written essays, both academic and reflective; case studies, either written or presented; and live and recorded performance.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£14,700.00 (US$ 15,929) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Britannia Mill

Mackworth Road,

Derby,

DE22 3BL, England

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£14,700.00 (US$ 15,929) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Kedleston Road Campus

Kedleston Road,

Derby,

DE22 1GB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to hold Bachelors Degree. Please refer the university website for standard and minimum entry requirements for each subject. Minimum qualifications include: IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas).

For international students

Applicants for the programme must hold a first degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject, or have significant relevant experience or equivalent qualifications. They will also need to demonstrate sufficient experience of working in a setting which addresses the needs of individuals with, for example, emotional or mental distress, specific learning needs or developmental difficulties. Additionally, they will need to demonstrate appropriate musical ability and skills in musicianship, together with the emotional robustness and intellectual capacity to cope with the demands of the programme. All prospective candidates who meet the basic entry criteria will attend a selection day to assess their suitability for the programme and their preparedness for the intensive nature of the training. If your first language is not English, you'll need to have achieved an IELTS of at least 6.5 or equivalent with no element below 6.0, as stipulated by the HCPC.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Derby

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  • UK’s top modern university for multicultural study (ISB)
  • Top 10 for international student experience (ISB 2018)
  • 11th in UK for Postgraduate Student Experience (PTES 2021)
  • Top 800 in Times World University Rankings 2022

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