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MA Applied Psychology of Music

Programme code:MA-MU/PSYUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Alinka Greasley Contact

There is a part time variant of this programme available.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally a first degree in music, psychology, music technology, computer science, or similar (first or upper second class), or equivalent, subject to satisfactory interview for which a sample of written work will be submitted. An ability to understand music and musical notation is required.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Music

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Music Examination Board

Programme specification:

The MA Applied Psychology of Music programme is aimed at advanced students who intend to work within music education (instrumental and classroom), performance, community music, music therapy, music technology, computer science and/or applied fields such as marketing, consumer behaviour, and film music composition. The distinctive focus will be upon the application of existing research in psychology of music within these domains alongside the development of domain-specific research methods. The programme manager has a substantial track record in applied research and the teaching staff for this programme between them cover almost all approaches to music psychology research within their research activity. In addition the programme will attend to the development of generic and scholarly/research techniques. The programme is designed to provide a logical progression from the undergraduate Psychology of Music modules currently offered by the School of Music at Leeds University and is also an attractive course for Music graduates from other universities. The programme will also provide the training and preparation necessary for students with ambitions to study the Psychology of Music to MPhil/PhD level.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MUSS5030MProfessional Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5162MDissertation60 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep
MUSS5931MCase Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5932MResearch Techniques in the Applied Psychology of Music30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study 180 M-level credits for the award.

Optional modules:

Candidates will normally study 30 credits from the following modules to bring their profile up to 180 credits:

MUSS3130Individual Project30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3131Individual Project30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS3132Individual Project30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS5132MShort Dissertation30 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep
MUSS5139MInternational Research Project30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS5231MComposition Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5330MInstrumental or Vocal Recital30 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
MUSS5335MConcerto/Song-Cycle/Extended Work30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5337MApplied Performance Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5430MEditing and Archival Studies30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5530MIssues in Critical Musicology30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS5535MAesthetic Theory30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS5632MElectronic & Computer Music Practice30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5633MElectronic & Computer Music Contexts30 creditsSemester 1
PECI5211MAudience Engagement and Impact30 creditsSemester 2

Elective modules:

Candidates may (after consultation with their Programme Manager) take up to 30 credits of M-level elective modules. These will normally be at either level 3 or M-level; students must pass a minimum of 135 credits at M-level in order to be awarded a Masters qualification.

Last updated: 04/11/2016


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