Entry requirements

• The demands of the training programme and the profession require you to demonstrate a suitable level of life experience and maturity • An undergraduate degree in relevant field of study, an equivalent professional qualification, or extensive experience in a related field • Evidence of substantial experience of artistic practice including exposure to, and experience of, a variety of styles and media in the art form and an artist identity • An ability to use the art form 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 you are able to work with a range of client groups • Enhanced DBS check • Applicants must be able to perform on their main instrument or voice, to standard equivalent to Grade 8

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Music Therapy course offered by the University of South Wales provides students with a unique opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) qualified Music Therapist. You may be a graduate or already working in a related area looking to progress and professionally qualify.

This is a highly experiential postgraduate course and you will benefit from training comprising of theoretical, clinical and musical experiences. You will work in groups of different sizes where you explore group processes and relate them to clinical practice. In the first year of the MA Music Therapy course, you will establish a strong theoretical basis built up from a range of disciplines with an emphasis on psychodynamic music therapy. Your competence in clinical practice and your understanding of therapeutic relationships will be developed in years 2 and 3 through supervised placements which are integrated with your university-based learning.

Uniquely, you will benefit from training alongside colleagues who are trainee Art Psychotherapists and you will 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 an exciting feature of the first year, offering an informative and in depth grounding in human development that will inform for the rest of your study. Creative Music Skills sessions enable you to further develop musically.

In addition, throughout the MA Music Therapy course, multi-disciplinary study groups and events will provide insight into the principles, practices and effectiveness of other art modalities.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries and Admissions
03455 760 599