University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Psychology of Music

This course is the longest established masters in music psychology in the UK, and a collaboration with the Department of Psychology. Our tutors - Nikki Dibben, Stephanie Pitts, Vicki Rowe, Renee Timmers and Victoria Williamson - have been published widely in music psychology and education. This course allows you to use psychological methods and theory to interpret and understand musical behaviours, sounds and ideas. You will be introduced to a range of areas including music cognition and neuroscience, musical development, music in everyday life, and musical performance. You may specialise within an area through a written dissertation, and the pursuit of original research, generally including experimental or observational empirical investigation. Students may also take cognitive neuroscience modules within the Department of Psychology.

Entry requirements

MA: A 2.1 Honours degree in music, or a combined degree with a substantial music component. Candidates without formal qualifications possessing suitable work experience or relevant qualifications will also be considered. International students should have an international English language testing system (IELTS) grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules: developmental, social, educational, applied and cognitive psychological approaches; options from the department of psychology on relevant topics in general psychology; qualitative and quantitative research methods; presentation skills.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework (including 2 empirical projects) and a 16,000-word 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 Full-time September 2018 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 18,900 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 - 24 Months

Campus details

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

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