University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Psychology for Musicians

The course is aimed at music graduates who want to apply psychological research to their work in music therapy, performance or teaching. There is a 4 day residential in August. You will come to Sheffield, meet staff and students and take part in seminars. The rest of the course is taught online. You will have regular contact with your tutors via email and Skype.Graduates are music teachers, music therapists, music managers, lecturers and researchers. The course is an ideal grounding for a PhD.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree in music; a combined degree with a substantial music component or a performance diploma from a conservatoire or academy. Candidates with degrees from other disciplines such as anthropology; drama; education or psychology are welcomed. Applications from candidates without formal qualifications but relevant work experience will be considered. International students should have an overall international English language testing system (IELTS) grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Musical development; psychology of performance; researching music in everyday life; readings in music psychology; psychological research methods for musicians; 16000-word dissertation.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on your essays, research tasks, research proposal and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

University and Faculty funding is available each year. The closing date for applications is mid-January. The department has a small number of tuition studentships available. The closing date for these is the end of April.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Telephone number: 
0114 222 0495