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Full time September MSc 2 years full-time

About the course

Welcome to Queen Margaret University’s music therapy programme. We are the only music therapy programme in Scotland. We are also the only music therapy programme to work within the internationally recognised Person-centred Practice Framework (McCormack and McCance, 2010).

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Entry Requirements

Learners should normally have an honours degree or equivalent (2:2 or above). This can be in any subject and it is not a requirement that you come with a music or psychology degree.

Key skills for entry to the programme are your ability to relate with others, a creative stance and an awareness of your own relationship with music. There is specific focus on expressive musicianship throughout the programme combined with musical flexibility and improvisatory skill.


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Where is Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Student Profile(s)

Carole Clarke

Before I started studying at QMU, I was working in fundraising for a musical charity, but my working life had also encompassed care work as well as being a professional musician. When I began to investigate what music therapists do, I was delighted to find that there was indeed a job which seemed to demand my eclectic mix of skills! I talked to the Course Director initially, who was so helpful with suggestions for exploring it more.

I chose QMU because I live in Edinburgh and needed a place of study which was going to fit with my family life. Biting the bullet, I decided to do the Masters course full-time. Along with my supportive group of course peers, I found the Music Therapy staff hugely encouraging. The library was a dream, and I loved jumping back into academic life. The Course lecturers are practising music therapists themselves, and so there was a strong sense of 'real world' knowledge as well as guidance through assignments and research. Great role models!

What I loved about the course was that it taught such a blend of musical skills as well as clinical and therapeutic theory. The lecturers, visiting lecturers, and placement supervisors made it very much a two-way, interactive process.

It was a huge thrill when I was awarded the Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester Scholarship to present my research paper at the 12th World Congress of Music Therapy in Argentina a great research experience!

I'm now a self-employed music therapist, based in Edinburgh, and I work in various clinical settings, both health and education-based. My clients range from pre-schoolers with special needs to adults who suffer from dementia. I love the job, it fits round my family, and I don't think the learning will ever stop my time at QMU was the starting point for joining a great community of Scottish arts therapists, and the beginning of a commitment to lifelong learning, which I hope to formalise in the future with possible further study.

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