About us

The Music for Health Research Centre (MHRC) was established in 2007 to consolidate and build on the initiatives and activities of music therapy and music science researchers in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, within the Department of Music and Performing Arts, Anglia Ruskin University.

The main objective of the centre is to initiate and undertake qualitative and quantitative based research enquiry in the broadly based fields of music therapy, music and health, and music for human wellbeing. The role of music in society is fundamental to the research activities of the centre, complementing current and future government initiatives to enhance the role of music in education, health and the community. The centre encourages and embraces clinical, philosophical and applied research in music therapy, neuroscience, music psychology and music medicine.

Music Therapy works across the disciplines of Music and Health and therefore the title encompasses the wide range of clinical, training and research activities relevant to the centre's objectives, aiming for the widest inclusive participation in National and International initiatives.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, our Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts research was awarded world-leading status.