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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 David Ireland 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:

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]

Students must study 180 credits comprising a mix of compulsory and optional modules adding up to 180 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MUSS5162MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
MUSS5931MCase Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS5932MEmpirical Research Techniques30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

Optional modules:

Candidates will normally study 60 credits from the following modules to bring their profile up to 180 credits:

EDUC5039MCreative Inquiry, Communication and Learning30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS5130MIssues in Musicology30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS5132MShort Dissertation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS5134MIndividual Project30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS5135MApplied Research Methodologies30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS5139MInternational Research Project30 creditsNot running in 202324
MUSS5231MComposition Studies30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS5330MInstrumental or Vocal Recital30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS5337MApplied Performance Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS5535MAesthetic Theory30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS5731MMusic, Wellbeing and its Evaluation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS5833MThe Recording Industry Now30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5211MAudience, Engagement and Impact30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Elective modules:

Candidates may (after consultation with their Programme Leader) take up to 30 credits of Discovery modules. These will normally be 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: 04/05/2023 16:10:50


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