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MA Music (Music Psychology pathway)
MA Music (Music Psychology pathway)

MA Music (Music Psychology pathway)

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Music or another relevant discipline. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 honours degree and relevant professional experience.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS, 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 169, minimum 162 in each component

  • Duolingo, 100, minimum 90 in all other components

  • LanguageCert, B2 Communicator High Pass with 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 55, minimum 51 in each component

  • TOEFL, 79, minimum 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing

  • Trinity ISE III, Pass in all components

Course Information

Music psychology explores the deep and complex relationship between music, the human mind and the brain. Understanding more about how they interact may help reveal why music is so meaningful to us. 

In this pathway of our MA Music, you'll learn about the basic mechanisms of the auditory system and delve into the perception and cognition of musical elements, such as melody, timing, harmony and timbre. You'll look at the mechanisms underpinning music performance. Finally, you'll discover higher level structures such as compositional form and expressiveness, alongside the basic principles underlying how we experience and appreciate music as listeners.

The course is run in close collaboration with the York Music Psychology Group. 

We encourage you to get involved in the lively community of our department, from participating in department ensembles to attending our weekly research and composition seminars and performance classes.

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Projects I and II

In Project I you will focus on music performance research, while Project II looks at perception and cognition research.

At the end of each module, you’ll produce a ‘guided submission’:

  • Project I: Literature review on music psychological research question (essay of about 7,000 words) 

  • Project II: Replication of a music psychological study as a group project (research report/essay of about 7,000 words); Students each will receive the same mark for the project and an individual mark for their contribution to the project. Their contribution will be assessed by observations of the group at work and trough a brief individual critical reflection by each group member on the project and what they learned from it (approx. 500 words).

As part of these modules, you’ll attend a weekly research colloquium within the York Music Psychology Group. 

Critical Reflection in Musical Practice

Critical Reflection in Musical Practice  runs throughout the year. You'll hone your research skills in a specially designed module covering the planning, conducting, analysing, and presentation of research in Music Psychology. This module will be assessed through two in-class presentations and a paper at a conference organised by MA students.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Senior Music Therapist

  • Music teacher

  • Market researcher

  • Music and wellbeing practitioner

  • Music producer

  • Sound designer

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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