Taught course

Music Therapy

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

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Entry requirements

Usually a good/ 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in Music or equivalent (another degree but with a high standard of musicianship). A high standard of sensitive and flexible musicianship demonstrated by a minimum grade 8 or equivalent in one instrument, and preferably one other instrument; further assessed at interview. Some keyboard or other accompanying instrument skills are also required. A sustained period (one year or equivalent) of relevant clinical experience with adults and children who have additional needs, preferably undertaken following completion of undergraduate studies. Appropriate motivational and emotional maturity. Ability to reflect on self in relation to others. An understanding and knowledge of the music therapy field. Good written and verbal communication skills. See our website for more details.

  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will also be required.
  • A satisfactory Occupational Health clearance will also be required.
  • To receive an offer of a place on this course you must be successful at interview.
  • Two satisfactory references are required.

Months of entry


Course content

Qualify to work as a music therapist in the UK and overseas on this Health and Care Professions Council-accredited course, and become eligible for registration with the HCPC in the UK.

  • Qualify to register with the Health and Care Professions Council – a legal requirement for practising music therapists in the UK
  • Study on the longest established MA Music Therapy course in the UK
  • Join a course that scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019
  • Get first-hand experience of music therapy practice on supervised clinical placements
  • Work in our purpose-built therapy centre, used for all our professional therapy consultations
  • Get support from our team of internationally-renowned music therapists

Our MA Music Therapy degree will show you how you can use your music to support the health and well-being of patients and clients. You will discover the principles of music therapy in the UK and internationally, and through lectures, practical workshops, case discussions and theoretical studies, we’ll introduce you to the most recent, effective music therapy approaches.

You will then try out these approaches in your own clinical practice on at least two clinical placements. These placements will take place in locations such as schools, hospitals, hospices and other community settings, under the supervision of qualified music therapists. This will give you invaluable experience of working in a multidisciplinary team, as well as providing important preparation for your future career.

In the UK there are two central elements of music therapy: the use of improvised and pre-composed music; and the significance given to the relationship between client and therapist. These principles will underpin your training. Our experiential teaching includes: development of your improvisation skills; focused work on your first instrument; keyboard, single line instrument and voice; music therapy theory and links to practice.

Throughout the course, you will reflect on and develop your clinical practice through group discussions, tutorials and supervisions. You will also work alongside students from our MA Dramatherapy course on more generic subjects, such as psychiatry and psychology.

Your studies will be supported by our team of qualified music therapists, who have a strong reputation for world-leading research (Research Excellence Framework 2014). These include Jörg Fachner, (Professor of Music, Mind and the Brain), Professor Amelia Oldfield, (awarded the first ever Clinical Impact Award by the World Federation of Music Therapists, and co-author, Collaborations Within and Between Dramatherapy and Music Therapy), Claire Molyneux (author, Tales from the Music Therapy Room and Professor Helen Odell-Miller, who co-founded the course, founded music therapy in the adult NHS mental health service in Cambridge and was awarded an OBE for her services to music therapy in the January 2015 honours list.

Our links with other health professions and practitioners, including the British Association for Music Therapy, will help you make important contacts in the profession. When you graduate, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK, and ready to work as a professional music therapist.

Course Leader: Dr Helen Loth.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 (Academic level with no individual score being lower than 6.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. It is strongly recommended that applicants do not attend for interview until they are approaching this score, as this may adversely affect their ability to participate fully in the interview procedures.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Leads to professional qualification in music therapy after 16 months of FT study. Recognised by the Association of Professional Music Therapists. Leads to State Registration.

Course contact details

Course enquiries
+44 (0)1245 493131