Research course

Music Therapy

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area. PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.

Months of entry

January, April, June, September

Course content

Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in music therapy, supported by the expertise of our staff.

Our thriving music therapy research culture is linked to the Jerome Booth Music Therapy Research Centre here in Cambridge. This state-of-the-art, purpose-designed music therapy centre is home to a team of music therapy supervisors (including three professors) who oversee research in a variety of music therapy specialisms.

These specialisms include music therapy and psychoanalysis; music therapy for children and families; music therapy and autism; music and the brain including neuroscience and music therapy; music therapy and mental health; music therapy and dementia; multi-cultural aspects of music therapy including use of gamelan; forensic music therapy; arts therapies and music therapy supervision; professional development of music therapy and arts therapies.

We’re linked to the International Music Therapy Research Consortium, which includes eight other universities in Europe, the USA and Australia.

The interdisciplinary nature of our research creates a rich and stimulating environment for staff and students. Our students in music therapy work closely with other research students, including dramatherapy researchers.

Department specialisms

music, therapy and the brain; music and consciousness states; state dependent cognition and recall; music therapy and addiction treatment, music therapy and mental health, eating disorders, children and families; cultural issues in music therapy; the use of non-western music; music and language, music therapy and dementia; music therapy and links with diagnosis in adult mental health; music therapy and personality disorders; psychoanalytically informed music therapy; arts therapies and mental health, music therapy with children with autism; music therapy with families; music therapy diagnostic assessments; orchestral instruments in music therapy improvisation, applications of attachment theory; relational models of psychoanalysis to music therapy; the contribution of group analytic theory to group music therapy practice.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enquiries
01245 493131 (UK enquirers), +44 1245 493131 (Overseas enquirers)