MA in the Psychology of Music - Applying
You should have a high level of musical training, whether directed towards teaching, performance or therapeutic applications. You should ideally be able to demonstrate knowledge of both practical and theoretical aspects of music and possess academic skills equivalent to that of a graduate from a UK first degree course (usually to 2:i level), or equivalent conservatoire qualifications. It is important that you can demonstrate an academic and practical commitment to the research area, with the ability to read music notation fluently and the capacity to analyse existing research work and to write essays.
If English is not your first language you will also require a suitable language qualification, such as IELTS (minimum score 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent.
All applications are considered on individual merits, and there is no such thing as a typical applicant; our existing students have experience and training in varied aspects of music and psychology. You are welcome to discuss both courses and your potential application with the course director, if you are still uncertain about details of the course or your own suitability to apply.
Fees and information for applicants
If you would like to apply you should use an application form, available from the administrator, or online at: www.shef.ac.uk/apply/pgcourse.html providing references from two people who are able to comment on your academic ability and suitability for the course. We will pay particular attention to the last section of your application form, where you are asked to comment on your reasons for doing the course and your current interest in music psychology.
The cost of the courses covers teaching and administrative costs. Fees may be paid in installments, through a UK bank account, over the first six months of each academic year. Up to date information on course fees can be obtained from the course administrator.
Home and EU students are eligible to apply to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for competitive studentships. See options and details in the general university pages about postgraduate funding (right-hand link).