University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Music Therapy

The MA Music Therapy course provides students with a unique opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) qualified Music Therapist. This highly experiential Music Therapy course provides students with training comprising of theoretical, clinical and musical experiences. Clinical placements are at the heart of the course. Additionally, you will explore group psychodynamic processes and relate them to clinical practice, as well as working alongside trainee Art Psychotherapists to boost your learning experience.

Entry requirements

The demands of the Music Therapy course and the Music Therapy profession, require you to demonstrate a suitable level of life experience and maturity.

An undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study, an equivalent professional qualification, or extensive experience in a related field, plus evidence of substantial experience of musical practice, including exposure to and experience of, a variety of styles of music. Applicants must be able to perform on their main instrument or voice, to standard equivalent to Grade 8.

An ability to use music symbolically and expressively and to improvise, relate, and communicate through the art form, with individuals and groups. Significant practical experience (voluntary or paid) in a relevant setting, or with clients or service users, to demonstrate that you are able to work with a range of client groups.

You will also need an enhanced DBS check.

If your first language is not English then we require IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component.

Course modules

Modules include: Year 1: theory and practice of music therapy; infant observation; clinical improvisation (music skills); placement visits; study of different client groups; modality specific experiential groups. Year 2: placement in a university approved clinical setting; small group clinical supervision; further theory and practice of music therapy; creative music skills; modality specific experiential groups. Year 3: placement in a university approved clinical setting; small group clinical supervision; modality specific experiential group; research methods and dissertation.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, presentations, practicals, coursework, professional development, improvisations, performance, dissertation and viva voce assessment.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2017 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus, Newport Newport (Wales) NP20 2BP Wales

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