University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Psychology for Musicians

Drawing students from all over the world, this course focuses on the application of psychological research to musical experiences and professions. It attracts 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 department's extensive resources of books and journals in music education. You'll learn through seminars, laboratory-based demonstrations and individual tutorials. The taught programme is continuously assessed through a variety of forms such as reports and essays. Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information.

Entry requirements

MA: 2:1 undergraduate degree in music or psychology or a combined degree with a substantial music or psychology component. If your undergraduate degree is not in music, you'll need to provide evidence of substantial engagement with music. We also recognise the value of experience, and may accept applications from people who have been in practice, or who bring other experience to their studies. Please contact us to discuss your application. English language requirements: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Assessment methods

They are usually individual assessments, even if they concern the processes and outcomes of group work.

Sponsorship information

University and faculty funding is available each year. The department has a number of scholarships available for our strongest candidates.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 - 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 - 1 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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