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MA Music and Wellbeing

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
1. demonstrate in-depth and advanced understanding of the relationship of music to wellbeing by critically and creatively evaluating relevant literature
2. demonstrate an advanced understanding and mastery of theoretical and empirical approaches within the discipline;
3. identify the methodological and ethical challenges of researching in real world settings;
4. take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
5. proactively formulate ideas and evaluate these;
6. design and implement independent projects effectively utilising quantitative and/or qualitative research techniques in order to draw meaningful conclusions;
7. develop, support, and communicate extended arguments within evaluative work;
8. reflect on musical practices for wellbeing
9. evaluate the impact of musical engagement on wellbeing

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (taught), Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
• the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;
• evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
• self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
• independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
• critically to engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
• evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
• demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
• drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
• evaluating and criticising received opinion;
• making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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