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Bristol: University of West of England


Course title:  MA Music Therapy 

Duration: Three years part-time

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree desirable.

Entry is by audition where communicative musical skills are assessed. Disabled students are welcomed.


Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

Humanistic philosophy underpins the course. The curriculum is delivered based on a lifespan model (i.e. starting with early infant development and moving through to end of life work by the end of the training). Various theoretical approaches are included with an emphasis on psychodynamic thinking and a music-centred approach.


Course Content:

3 practice placements each running 1 day/week for 24 weeks, clinical supervision, theory and practice of music therapy, child development,  microanalysis of clinical music, qualitative and quantitative research methods and research dissertation, advanced practice including community models of engagement, introduction to other arts therapies and counselling practices.


Qualification Awarded: Master of Arts in Music Therapy: this is the entry level for HCPC registration

Language: English

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Currently involved in Erasmus+ project : LINK

Should the UK remain in EU then more Erasmus+ exchanges are highly possible.


Research Collaboration: Novalis Trust, UK

Professional Association: British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT)

Professional Body or Ministry: Accredited by Health and Care Professions Council of the UK (HCPC)

Code of Ethics: HCPC standards of performance, conduct and ethics


Contact details

Contact person: Dr Catherine Warner

Postal address: Room 2G41, Glenside Campus, UWE Bristol, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1DD

Telephone number: (0044) 117 328 4497 (direct line)

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