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Course summary

The course aims to equip musicians with the clinical, theoretical and practical skills required to enter the music therapy profession. Graduates will be able to work within the National Health Service (NHS), education, social services, for the voluntary sector, charities and privately.


Music Therapy Professional Practice with Children and Young People; Music Therapy Theory and Child Development; Music Therapy Professional Practice and Skills with Adults; Music Therapy Theory and Practice in Adult Settings; Qualitative and Quantitative Methods; Music Therapy Advanced Professional Practice; Dissertation in Psychology.

Assessment method

We assess your work and progress through written essays, practice portfolios and viva presentations each year, and also one research exam, a microanalysis, a music practical and a research portfolio.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that applicants have: a good undergraduate degree with professional music skills a high level of practical performance in any musical tradition, including digital technologies and a particular interest in live improvisation sufficient skills to be able to provide harmonic support experience of working in relevant areas such as Health or Education (including voluntary work) personal skills suited to working as a therapist wide reading on the subject of music therapy the ability and strong commitment to follow a personally demanding part-time course. Selection If successful at this stage, you'll be invited to a face-to-face interview and audition at Glenside Campus. If you live overseas or have exceptional circumstances, we can arrange this to be done remotely. We'll provide you with guidance on how to prepare for the interview and audition. All applicants will be required to complete: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check* Health Checks*. *Disclosure of Criminal Background The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary. *Health checks You must be in good health and up-to-date with all routine immunisations that are required for working in health and social care settings. If you are offered a place on this course, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. Please note that the list of required vaccinations may change, in response to advice from the Department of Health. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date, this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fee information is to be confirmed. All fees are subject to final approval. Please visit our website for further information.

Sponsorship information

The SHA (South West Strategic Health Authority, formerly known as WDC) may fund courses for employees of NHS Trusts and some independent organisations.

Music Therapy at Bristol, University of the West of England - UCAS