MA Music Therapy

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Introduction

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.

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Training as a music therapist

Find out more about our MA Music Therapy degree, and how therapists use music to communicate with clients.

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.

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.

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Specialist facilities and support

As a postgraduate Music Therapy student at ARU you’ll:

  • work in our purpose-built therapy centre, used for professional therapy consultations
  • get support from our team of renowned music therapists
  • learn from experts about the implications of the latest neuroscience research on therapy practice
  • find out about our world-leading research work, including international projects such as Homeside.

Hands-on learning

There’s nothing like first-hand experience. Here at ARU, you’ll take part in clinical placements under the supervision of qualified therapists. Placements vary, and you could find yourself working in community settings, schools, hospitals or hospices. It’s great preparation for your future career.

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Accreditation

Health & Care Professions Council

Our MA Music Therapy is accredited by the Health & Care Professions Council, allowing you to register with the HCPC when you graduate and work as a professional music therapist.

Careers

When you graduate, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council. Registration is a legal requirement for practising music therapists in the UK and valued increasingly in other countries.

As a qualified music therapist you’ll be able to work in the NHS, hospices, social services, education and the voluntary sector. You can also work privately or as a freelance with clients including adults and children with learning difficulties, mental health needs, or with communities such as refugees or the homeless.

ARU’s links with the British Association for Music Therapy and our International Research Consortium will help you make contacts and gain employment and research opportunities.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Music Therapy or PhD Dramatherapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

JAMAL GLYNN

"Mentorship was one of the best things about the course. We had the opportunity to talk face to face with every lecturer, discover our strengths and weaknesses, and work over time with their support and guidance."

JAMAL GLYNN

MA Music Therapy graduate

Read about Jamal's career as a music therapist

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