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Develop a range of skills needed to evaluate and evidence the relationship between musical engagement and wellbeing, while learning competencies directly related to careers in areas including arts therapies, education outreach/music education, community music, and music administration. This 120-credit programme is a smaller version of the 180-credit MA Music and Wellbeing programme, and can be studied over 1 year full time, or 2 years part time.

You will expand your understanding of the topic, learn to identify the methodological and ethical challenges of researching in real-world settings, and develop the empirical skills you need to conduct independent research, drawing on this knowledge to complete a Short Dissertation. The innovative Applied Professional Practice module will provide you with opportunities to work proactively and self-reflectively, and to develop professional relationships with our partner organisations.

Course content

The course is built around three core subject-area modules exploring Music, Wellbeing and its Evaluation, Applied Professional Practice, and Empirical Research Techniques. Through these modules you will expand your understanding of the relationship between musical engagement and wellbeing, learn to identify the methodological and ethical challenges of researching in real-world settings, and develop the empirical skills you need to conduct independent research.

In particular, the innovative Applied Professional Practice module will provide you with opportunities to take a proactive and self-reflective role in your work, developing professional relationships with our partner organisations (e.g. North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre). You will complete the programme by researching and writing a Short Dissertation on an aspect of music and wellbeing of your own choosing.

The course is ideal for existing practitioners wishing to enhance their skills or undertake continuous professional development, or students wishing to develop their interests by taking a smaller selection of modules than the 180-credit MA Music and Wellbeing course. If you choose to study part-time, you will study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Compulsory modules

  • Music, Wellbeing and its Evaluation
  • Empirical Research Techniques
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Short Dissertation

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Music and Wellbeing PGDip Full Time in the course catalogue

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply



This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

 If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you need

Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying.

Two academic references.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide evidence of your English language qualification.

A copy (or draft) of an undergraduate dissertation, or an essay in English of a minimum of 2,000 words (preferably 4,000). Your example of academic writing should preferably provide evidence of engagement with an aspect of music and wellbeing if possible.


  • UK/EU: £5,667 (total)
  • International: £13,333 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

You'll gain a range of transferable skills in research, self-reflection and evaluation, interpretation and oral and written communication. All of these can be applied in musical as well as non-musical contexts.

Recent postgraduates from the School have gone on to launch careers within the fields of music education, music advertising, business development, marketing and administration, and artist management. Others have also continued with their research at PhD level. We also offer additional support as you develop your career plans: the School of Music boasts a Alumni Mentoring Network, where students can be supported by past students as they start to plan their next steps.

Careers Support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Visit the Music and Wellbeing PGDip page on the University of Leeds website for more details!





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