University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Music Psychology in Education

This distance learning course combines an annual residential week in Sheffield with longer periods of internet-supported study. Traditional and world musics and their associated cultures are studied through practical methods such as fieldwork and direct participation in music-making as well as library research and theoretical interpretation. Students gain both a deeper knowledge of the music and a set of skills for discovering and communicating new knowledge about music. The course attracts students from across the world and is ideal for musicians, educators and enthusiasts who want to know more about traditional and world musics, and about ways of studying and understanding music in its social and cultural context. The course shares modules with our MA in World Music Studies and the MA in Traditional Music of the British Isles giving students the opportunity to specialise in an area of their choice and take advantage of Sheffield's position as a major hub of both English and 'Celtic' musical activity to pursue in-depth studies on British and Irish traditional musics.

Entry requirements

MA: A 2.1 in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules: musical development; psychology of performance; researching music in everyday life; readings in music psychology; psychological research methods for musicians; 16,000-word dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by essays, research tasks, research proposal and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

The University offers a range of scholarships and funding for the brightest students and the Department of Music offers a number of studentships for the strongest candidates. Small grants are also available to support postgraduate research project. For more information about funding opportunities including application deadlines visit: Find information about scholarships and funding for international students at:


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning September 2018 - 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning September 2018 - 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning September 2018 - 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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