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MA Applied Psychology of Music

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able:
• demonstrate understanding of a range of theoretical and empirical approaches within the field of the Psychology of Music;
• identify significant pieces of research in the Applied Psychology of Music and evaluate their contribution to the domain;
• evaluate the extent to which research in the Applied Psychology of Music can aid understanding of the human mind and behaviour within a range of contexts (e.g. social, scientific, therapeutic);
• recognise the limitations of the research in this area and identify areas requiring growth and progression;
• research topics within the Applied Psychology of Music by locating and evaluating relevant literature;
• understand the contribution of empirical approaches for understanding the human mind, behaviour and the potential applications of research in this discipline;
• use quantitative and qualitative research techniques effectively;
• evaluate the uses of different research techniques in music psychological research;
• design and implement independent projects utilising quantitative and qualitative research techniques;
• analyse research data effectively in order to draw meaningful conclusions;
• develop, support, and communicate extended and sophisticated arguments within evaluative work;
• write up empirical research in an appropriate, domain-specific style.
• integrate their knowledge of music psychology within a broader context of musical scholarship

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & 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 involve the achievement of the students in:
• 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;
• make reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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