University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Music Therapy

This course offers an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a Health Professions Council (HPC) qualified music therapist; students benefit from training alongside colleagues who are trainee art psychotherapists and acquire insight and a shared understanding of the other creative modality as a basis for future professional practice in multi-disciplinary teams; infant observation is a feature of the 1st year, offering an informative and in-depth grounding in human development that informs the rest of the tudy; creative music skills sessions enable students to further develop musically.

Entry requirements

There is no minimum age requirement but the demands of the training programme and the profession require people who can demonstrate a suitable basis of life experience and maturity: an undergraduate degree in relevant field of study, or an equivalent professional qualification or extensive experience in a related field; evidence of substantial experience of musical practice including exposure to and experience of a variety of styles of music; 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 applicants are able to work with a range of client groups; life experience and personal maturity commensurate with training as a therapist; CRB check and Health Declaration required.

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Part-time £ 1,333 per Academic year (home fees) 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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