Qualify to work as a music therapist in the UK and overseas with this accredited Master's degree in music therapy. Study in a centre of world-leading research and gain experience in clinical placements.
We have been training music therapists since 1994 and were the first UK university to establish a music therapy Master's degree. We work closely with colleagues at the internationally renowned Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research. We earned the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2021 for our music therapy research, receiving particular recognition for our focus on the well-being of people living with dementia.
We welcome applications from people with relevant musical skills and appropriate clinical experience.
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 in 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.
ARU has been recognised and ranked first in the UK and 20th in the world for health and wellbeing in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.
100% overall satisfaction: our course received the highest possible score for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2022 (fewer than 20 respondents).
Studying our full-time two-year Master in Music Therapy will show you how you can use your music to support the health and well-being of patients and clients.
We’ll introduce you to the most recent, effective music therapy approaches, which you can try out in clinical placements in locations such as schools, hospitals and other community settings.
You’ll be supervised by qualified music therapists, gaining invaluable experience of working in a multidisciplinary team and preparing for your future career.
At ARU, you’ll be taught in our purpose-designed music therapy centre and have access to a wide range of musical instruments, recording equipment and a suite of computer music studios.
Our experiential teaching includes developing your improvisation skills, focused work on your first instrument, and using a keyboard, single-line instrument and voice. You’ll also study music therapy theory and links to practice.
You’ll have the opportunity to enrich your learning by working alongside our MA Dramatherapy students on some shared modules.
There are just 15 places available on our Masters in Music Therapy, so you’ll learn as part of a small group and benefit from valuable placement opportunities. Places are filled in order of acceptance after which, if your application is successful, you will be offered a place on a waiting list.
The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies research was judged as "world-leading" in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021).