Applied Psychology of Music, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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If you have a background in music or psychology, the Applied Psychology of Music programme from the University of Leeds will allow you to study existing research and theories in the psychology of music while continuing to follow your own musical interests.

About

You’ll develop your knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, building your own research skills while learning to critically evaluate studies in the field of music psychology. Using real-world case studies you’ll explore areas such as music education, therapy, advertising, science and technology – but you’ll also be able to take optional modules in composition, performance, musicology, aesthetics, editing, computer music or other aspects of music.

The Applied Psychology of Music programme is offered by the University of Leeds.

Taught by experts in world-class facilities, you’ll gain an insight into the importance and role of research in music psychology to prepare you for further research or a wider range of careers.

Career opportunities

This programme will allow you to gain a range of transferable skills in research, analysis, interpretation and oral and written communication. All of these can be applied in musical as well as non-musical contexts.

Recent graduates have gone on to launch careers within the fields of music education, music advertising, business development, marketing and administration, and artist management. Others have also continued with their research at PhD level.

We also offer additional support as you develop your career plans: the School of Music boasts a unique Alumni Mentoring Network, where students can be supported by past students as they start to plan their next steps.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules

  • Professional Studies 
  • Dissertation Case 
  • Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music 
  • Research Techniques in the Applied Psychology of Music 

Optional modules

  • Individual Project 
  • Short Dissertation 
  • International Research Project 
  • Composition Studies 
  • Instrumental or Vocal Recital 
  • Concerto/Song-Cycle/Extended Work 
  • Applied Performance Studies 
  • Editing and Archival Studies 
  • Issues in Critical Musicology 
  • Aesthetic Theory 
  • Computer Music Practice 
  • Computer Music Contexts 
  • Audience Engagement and Impact 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2): 176

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in music or a related subject.

We will consider other relevant experience if you can demonstrate a good level of musical understanding or practical experience when you apply.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. 

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