Anglia Ruskin University
Music Therapy MA
Anglia Ruskin University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Qualify to work as a music therapist in the UK and overseas, and become eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK.

•Get first-hand experience of music therapy practice on supervised clinical placements •Work in our purpose-built therapy centre, used for all our professional therapy consultations •Get support from our team of internationally-renowned music therapists

Our MA Music Therapy degree will show you how you can use your music to support the health and well-being of patients and clients. You will discover the principles of music therapy in the UK and internationally, and through lectures, practical workshops, case discussions and theoretical studies, we’ll introduce you to the most recent, effective music therapy approaches.

You will then try out these approaches in your own clinical practice on at least two clinical placements. These placements will take place in locations such as schools, hospitals, hospices and other community settings, under the supervision of qualified music therapists. This will give you invaluable experience of working in a multidisciplinary team, as well as providing important preparation for your future career.

In the UK there are two central elements of music therapy: the use of improvised and pre-composed music; and the significance given to the relationship between client and therapist. These principles will underpin your training. Our experiential teaching includes: development of your improvisation skills; focused work on your first instrument; keyboard, single line instrument and voice; music therapy theory and links to practice.

Throughout the course, you will reflect on and develop your clinical practice through group discussions, tutorials and supervisions. You will also work alongside students from our MA Dramatherapy course on more generic subjects, such as psychiatry and psychology.

Your studies will be supported by our team of qualified music therapists, who have a strong reputation for world-leading research (Research Excellence Framework 2014). These include Jörg Fachner, (Professor of Music, Mind and the Brain), Professor Amelia Oldfield, (awarded the first ever Clinical Impact Award by the World Federation of Music Therapists) and Professor Helen Odell-Miller (awarded an OBE in the January 2015 honours list).

Our links with other health professions and practitioners, including the British Association for Music Therapy, will help you make important contacts in the profession. When you graduate, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK, and ready to work as a professional music therapist.

Course Leader: Dr Helen Loth.

You will show your progress on the course through various methods, including essays, live presentations and practical tasks such as clinical improvisation and composition. You will also undertake self-analysis and reflection in discussion with your personal tutor. Halfway through the course, your progress towards becoming a music therapist will be assessed by an examiner. Your final piece of written work will be a Major Project involving clinical evaluation, while in the final oral assessment you’ll present a piece of clinical work to two examiners, who will assess your overall clinical skills and readiness to practice. One of our modules involves dramatherapy, and covers content from our MA Dramatherapy course as well as the MA Music Therapy. On more generic subjects, such as psychiatry, psychoanalytic studies and psychology, you will work with our dramatherapy students, but where techniques and approaches are specific to each profession you will be taught separately.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 4.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 5.5
    • Foundation Law
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 7.0
    • Graduate Degrees Law
    • 5.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Music Therapy, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

•Usually a good/ 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in Music or equivalent (another degree but with a high standard of musicianship). •A high standard of sensitive and flexible musicianship demonstrated by a minimum grade 8 or equivalent in one instrument, and preferably one other instrument; further assessed at interview. Some keyboard or other accompanying instrument skills are also required. A sustained period (one year or equivalent) of relevant clinical experience with adults and children who have additional needs, preferably undertaken following completion of undergraduate studies. Appropriate motivational and emotional maturity. Ability to reflect on self in relation to others. An understanding and knowledge of the music therapy field. Good written and verbal communication skills. •If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 (Academic level with no individual score being lower than 6.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. It is strongly recommended that applicants do not attend for interview until they are approaching this score, as this may adversely affect their ability to participate fully in the interview procedures. Notes •An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will also be required. •A satisfactory Occupational Health clearance will also be required. •To receive an offer of a place on this course you must be successful at interview. •Two satisfactory references are required.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Anglia Ruskin University

Founded in 1858, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is located in Cambridge, England, just a 15-minute walk from the City Centre. This university offers an extensive catalogue of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, as well as 8 student housing options at distinct price points. Cambridge is famous for being a student city, and those at ARU can benefit from that by mixing with those students working at the numerous universities throughout the city.

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