MA Psychology for Musicians/MA Music Psychology in Education
The courses make full use of online teaching and learning methods, including specially written materials, links to electronic journals, and the use of student discussion forums. Each taught module is assessed by the submission of a 3,000 word essay, and a related reading or reflection task. The second year of the MA comprises research methods training, a module on critical reading in music psychology, and research for a 16,000 word dissertation. Work is marked by two of the course staff, and is moderated annually by the external examiner. It is important to note that all students are required to attend annual residential courses held in Sheffield, in addition to the online studies. More information is available on the "Residentials" page.
Library and resources
The University Libraries are well equipped to support research in each of the module areas, housing a range of music psychology texts and journals, and inter-library loans can be arranged. Time is available during residential weeks to make full use of library resources, and many students will find that their nearest university library will grant them reading rights once they are registered on the course. The University of Sheffield is also a member of the SCONUL Access scheme, where distance learning students can become borrowing members of other participating libraries. The University Library also has special services for distance learning students, which are described on the Access Support Service pages.