Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

Music Therapy

Successful completion of this course allows students to register with the health and care professions council, a legal requirement for music therapists in the UK. Students benefit from our links with the British association for music therapy and other allied health professions; Professor Helen Odell-Miller, for example, advises at government level for the profession. Students also are able to forge links with practitioners such as psychotherapists, arts therapists and psychiatrists.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree in music or equivalent (another degree but with a high standard of musicianship); high standard of flexible musicianship demonstrated by grade 8 or equivalent, and preferably 1 other instrument (some keyboard skills are also required); relevant clinical experience with adults and children and relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others; candidates for whom English is not their 1st language are expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent at time of entry reaching 7 by the end of training; candidates are also required to submit 2 references with their application; disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks required; interviews, occupational health clearance required. Applicants who are shortlisted are asked to attend an interview.

Course modules

Year 1: Music therapy practical and clinical skills; music therapy and dramatherapy multi-disciplinary theoretical studies; clinical placements and experiential development 1. Year 2: Clinical placements and experiential development 2; arts therapies major project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on essays, live presentations and practical tasks such as clinical improvisation and composition, examinations and a major project involving a clinical evaluation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,525 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 4,525 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge Campus Cambridge CB1 1PT East of England

Key information

Anglia Ruskin University
Telephone number: 
01245 686868