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Focus your music therapy expertise

Invest in your professional development at ARU with our MA and PhD degrees, and CPD courses, in music therapy.

Our research calls on expertise and insight from across sectors and disciplines, with the ultimate aim of influencing and advocating for the important role music plays in education, health and community.

We encourage music therapy academics and practitioners to develop their expertise and profession through research opportunities at ARU – to help develop a deeper understanding of music interventions and its positive effect on health and human wellbeing.

MA Music Therapy

Gain professional music therapy training and qualify to practice as a registered therapist on the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK.

During your studies, you will unpack key principles and techniques of music therapy, and develop your understanding of central elements as improvised and pre-composed music and the significance of relationship building between client and therapist.

You will also be able to apply your learning on clinical placements throughout the year, at schools, hospitals, hospices and other community settings, under the supervision of qualified music therapists.

Find out more about our Music Therapy MA

MPhil and PhD research opportunities

Become an expert in your field and make new, cutting-edge discoveries in music therapy by studying for a research doctorate at ARU.

You will have access to a state-of-the-art, purpose built music therapy centre, and receive supervision and support from a team of experts leading world-class research (according to Research Excellence Framework 2014) in specialisms as:

  • mental health
  • children and families
  • dementia
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • neuro-rehabilitation
  • music and the brain (neuroscientific research).

You will join a large community of PhD students and also have the opportunity to link with a multidisciplinary network of academic talent and industry partnerships, including our international consortium of universities across the world, leading pioneering research in music therapy.

Find out more about our Music Therapy MPhil/PhD