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Immerse yourself in the transformative world of music therapy with the MA in Music Therapy at ARU. This accredited programme equips you to become a skilled music therapist, eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Delve into a curriculum that blends theory with practical experience through clinical placements in diverse settings like schools and hospitals. Under the guidance of expert music therapists, you will develop improvisation skills, explore various therapeutic approaches, and enhance your clinical practice. The small class size ensures personalised attention and valuable placement opportunities. With a strong emphasis on psychodynamic, developmental, and neuroscience approaches, you will graduate with a deep understanding of music therapy's impact on wellbeing. ARU's purpose-designed music therapy centre offers a wide array of musical instruments and recording equipment, enriching your learning experience. If you possess a 2:1 honours degree in Music or equivalent, along with exceptional musical proficiency, seize this opportunity to embark on a fulfilling career in music therapy. Apply now and unlock your potential to make a difference through the power of music.

About the course

Qualify to work as a music therapist in the UK and overseas on this accredited Masters degree in music therapy. Study in a centre of world-leading research and gain experience on clinical placements.

We have been training music therapists since 1994 and were the first UK university to establish a music therapy Masters 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 wellbeing of people living with dementia.

We welcome applications from people with relevant musical skills and appropriate clinical experience.

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Entry Requirements

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, flexible, and communicative musicianship demonstrated by a minimum of grade 8 or equivalent) on at least one instrument (including voice). Keyboard or other accompanying instrument (e.g. guitar) skills are also required. Musical skills are assessed at shortlisting and interview stage.

A sustained period (one year or equivalent) of relevant experience with adults and/or children who have additional needs, preferably undertaken following completion of undergraduate studies.

Please see course website for further details.


£10,600 UK students starting 2024/25 (full-time, per year)
£16,700 International students starting 2024/25 (full-time, per year)

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Where is Anglia Ruskin University ARU


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Student Profile

Jamal Glynn

I graduated from ARU in 2011 as the first MA Music Therapist in the world using the steelpan - the national musical instrument of my country Trinidad and Tobago - as primary instrument.

I heard ARU mentioned on a local radio programme. It was on the list of nine UK universities offering an MA Music Therapy, so I contacted them and the next day Professor Helen Odell-Miller called me back personally. I was really surprised by this quick response. We arranged an interview by video conferencing, and I was able to join the course in 2009.

Cambridge was very different to anywhere else I have been. I was able to take my steelpan instruments onto the street and busk. I didn't need a license as they encourage students to perform on the streets. This was useful for me as a learning process, a release, and to see people responding to my musicality in a way that contrasted with my clinical placements.

I went to three very useful clinical placements on the course: at Granta Special Needs School, St. Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham and Fulbourn Hospital. I also got to perform at a Christmas function on my country's national instrument for her Majesty Princess Alexandra, who is a patron of St. Christopher's Hospice.

As part of the course we also had dramatherapy, art therapy and dance and movement therapy master classes. I remember a dance therapist gave us the most amazing session - as I was paired with the therapist, I gained insights into the possibilities of the client / therapist relationship.

The mentorship was one of the best things about the course. We had the opportunity to talk face to face with every lecturer, discover our strengths and weaknesses, and work over time with their support and guidance. So many professors gave me good advice and led by example. Notably, the late Professor Tony Wigram once said to me: “Jamal! Work hard, no stress and be happy.” I learnt to channel my anxieties through busking, supervision and personal therapy, and to appreciate all that is around me. Working with clients, seeing how they change in subtle ways, how they benefit in the room and within their personal lives was a significant part for me. As Tony would have said, I couldn’t ask for a more fulfilling professional development.


Our Alumni Scholarship is for students who have already completed an ARU degree course, and want to undertake further study – whether that’s a Masters degree or a research programme.

This scholarship is available to students starting a course in the 2019/20 academic year.

There are three levels of scholarship, ranging from £400 up to £2,000 in your first year of study.

£2,000 if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught degrees, and achieved a 2:1 or above in your previous study
£1,000 if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught degree, and achieved below a 2:1 in your previous study
£400 if you’re applying for a postgraduate research degree
This scholarship is a fee discount. We'll deduct it from the tuition fees in your first year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 for a pg taught degree with a 2:1 or above in your ug degree. £1,000 for a postgraduate taught degree with below 2:1 in your ug degree.


To be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship you must:

be starting a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research course at ARU. You can be studying full-time or part-time
be from the UK or EU. International students should refer to our International Alumni Scholarship
already hold a full undergraduate honours degree, Masters degree, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma from ARU. We include our predecessor institutions in this, and there is no time limit on when you completed your previous studies.

Application Procedure

There is no need to apply. You'll automatically receive our Alumni Scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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