University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Applied Psychology of Music

OVERVIEW If you have a background in music or psychology, this programme will allow you to study existing research and theories in the psychology of music while continuing to follow your own musical interests. You'll develop your knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, building your own research skills while learning to critically evaluate studies in the field of music psychology. Using real-world case studies you'll explore areas such as music education, therapy, advertising, science and technology - but you'll also be able to take optional modules in composition, performance, musicology, aesthetics, editing, electronic and computer music or other aspects of music. Taught by experts in world-class facilities, you'll gain an insight into the importance and role of research in music psychology to prepare you for further research or a wider range of careers. The degree is also available to study part-time over 24 months. The part-time MA may be of special interest to those who are working in related fields as part of their career development. SPECIALIST FACILITIES We have a variety of excellent facilities to support your learning, including rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, a lab for studying the psychology of music and studios for sound recording, software development and computer music composition. We also have good working relationships with a range of prestigious arts organisations: we host BBC Radio 3 concerts, Leeds Lieder and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, as well as enjoying a close partnership with Opera North and many others in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene. COURSE CONTENT Core modules that run throughout the year will develop your knowledge of music psychology, as well as your understanding of research methods. You'll focus on case studies in different areas of the subject, gaining a sense of the key issues, debates and theories and becoming confident evaluating and using quantitative and qualitative techniques to collect data. At the same time, you'll select from optional modules that allow you to pursue your interests in different areas of music such as aesthetics, musicology, audience engagement, composition, performance, editing and archival studies, electronic and computer music or musicology. For some of these modules, we may need to see evidence of your ability before you begin - see 'How to apply' for more information. By the end of the programme, you'll be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you've gained when you submit your dissertation - an independent piece of research, with an empirical component, on a topic of your choice within music psychology.

Course modules

Assessment methods

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2017 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of Music
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