Taught course

Music Therapy

ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) · Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Qualify to work as a music therapist in the UK and overseas on this accredited Masters degree in music therapy. Study in a centre of world-leading research and gain experience on clinical placements.

Our Masters degree is the longest established MA Music Therapy course in the UK, and is taught at the internationally renowned Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research.

ARU have been awarded The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for their world-leading work in music therapy. This prize recognises the world-leading work and innovative research which has directly enhanced care for over 22,000 dementia patients. The Prizes are the highest national Honour awarded in UK higher and further education and are granted by The Queen every two years.

We welcome applications from practising with appropriate clinical experience, who would like to use music to support the health and wellbeing of patients and clients.

Supported by experts, you’ll gain a strong foundation in the principles and practice of music therapy, underpinned by the latest research and evidence base.

Our MA Music Therapy is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, so when you graduate you’ll be eligible to register with the HCPC – a legal requirement for your future career as a practising music therapist in the UK.

Studying our full-time two-year Masters in Music Therapy will show you how you can use your music to support the health and well-being of patients and clients.

We’ll introduce you to the most recent, effective music therapy approaches, which you can try out in clinical placements in locations such as schools, hospitals and other community settings.

You’ll be supervised by qualified music therapists, gaining invaluable experience of working in a multidisciplinary team and preparation for your future career.

At ARU, you’ll be taught in our purpose-designed music therapy centre and have access to a wide range of musical instruments, recording equipment and suite of computer music studios.

Our experiential teaching includes developing your improvisation skills, focused work on your first instrument, and using keyboard, single line instrument and voice. You’ll also study music therapy theory and links to practice.

You’ll have the opportunity to enrich your learning by working alongside our MA Dramatherapy students on some shared modules.

There are just 15 places available on our Masters in Music Therapy, so you’ll learn as part of a small group and benefit from valuable placement opportunities. Places are filled in order of acceptance after which, if your application is successful, you will be offered a place on a waiting list.

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
£10,000 (full-time per year)
International students
£15,800 (full-time per year)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this 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

ARU Applicant Enquiries Team
+44 (0)1245 686868