University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Psychology for Musicians

Drawing students from all over the world, this course focus on the application of psychological research to musical experiences and professions and attract graduate musicians who work in the fields of music therapy, performance, or teaching. We provide you with training in the research methods used by psychologists, together with the conceptual framework within which these methods can help to inform and explore musical expertise and understanding. You will also benefit from newly-written online materials, and from the departmentĀ“s extensive resources of books and journals in music education.

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

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

Assessment methods

Assessment is by 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 Start month 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

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