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This unique programme combines music psychology with neuroscience, focusing on both the biological and cognitive aspects of musical behaviour.
The MSc Music, Mind and Brain (MMB) is highly interdisciplinary and draws on expertise from leading figures in the field, in areas ranging from music cognition, cognitive neuroscience, computational modelling, music education and music therapy.
As a student on the MSc, you will learn about topics in music psychology (from perception to cognition) and the cognitive neuroscience of music, and will acquire all the necessary skills to pursue your own high-quality research.
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The MSc Music, Mind and Brain is a truly interdisciplinary programme that attracts students from diverse backgrounds who want to complement their knowledge on music research, neuroscience or cognitive psychology. As a general rule, you should have a good background in at least one of these areas and preferably have already carried out a piece of empirical research.
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Founded in 1891, and part of the renowned University of London since 1904, Goldsmiths has a rich academic history but we’re also known for our creative approach. With world-leading research and high-quality teaching, a postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths will empower you to change the world around you.Read more
Goldsmiths is not often considered to be most well known for its Psychology Department, however there is a very solid collection of academic and research staff, with many specialist subjects catered for that are not found elsewhere in London. The diversity of creative subjects that Goldsmiths has to offer ultimately reflects on to the Psychology Department, with a number of ‘alternative’ research areas being explored (for example, the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain, and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit). This allows students much more freedom to explore their ideas in a variety of contexts.
"Before coming to Goldsmiths, I was studying a Bachelors degree in Psychology. I enjoyed studying psychology a lot, and I found doing a research study fascinating. Also, I love playing music very much. I have been learning musical instruments for more than 15 years. So, I have always wanted to study something that is related to both music and psychology.
Unfortunately, there is not a course on music psychology in Hong Kong. Then I started searching for related courses in other places online and found that there are several Masters degrees in music psychology in the UK. I did not know which degree I like most at first. During the searching period, I participated in an experiment where the Gold-MSI (Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index) that developed by the professors at Goldsmiths was used. That was the time I know more about the MSc Music, Mind and Brain programme at Goldsmiths. And I found that the course at Goldsmiths are the most research-based. Besides learning about the cognitive and neuroscience aspects of musical behaviour, I could develop the practical skills necessary for doing a research from the other half of the modules. I finally decided to choose Goldsmiths as I think the course at Goldsmiths best suits me.
After studying here at Goldsmiths for five weeks, I find the course really interesting and it is what I want to learn. Although some modules are difficult, the professors are nice and they provided us refresher materials and additional readings to aid our learning. The learning environment is wonderful. There are a number of seminar series held by the Psychology Department where I could learn about the latest research in different fields of psychology. And there are abundant resources at the school library. As Goldsmiths is part of the University of London, I can use the resources at Senate House Library as well. Students are hardworking and have a passion in learning. I am so delighted to meet a lot of like-minded people at school in which we share our dreams and support each other.
More importantly, I think London is a great place to study. Not only would I be able to learn at school, but also from the activities held by different organizations in London. During my free time, I sometimes watch free concerts and join public lectures held by other universities or the British Psychological Society.'
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