Research ( full-time)
January, April 2019, September
PhD: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time). 2-4 years (part-time).
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
Distance-learning supervision available on this course.
This course is located in the School of Performance. Find out more about our research.
Our Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research is an international centre for research into music therapy, putting you at the heart of new music therapy research worldwide. Our large community of PhD students, and links to seven other universities across the world, will make you part of a team that leads on music therapy research.
Our research institute leads music therapy research for adults, older people, young people and children with a range of issues. We specialise in finding out what works clinically in music therapy and how it works, including which theoretical frameworks such as neurology, psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis best inform the work.
Our innovative research involves outcome studies in a variety of settings, such as schools, health services, voluntary and the private sector, and we have many partnerships within these. Our research streams include music therapy and dementia, autism, end of life process, learning disability, mental health, children and families, addiction and stroke. Our Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research is based in a state-of-the-art music therapy centre, including a research laboratory where practical music therapy and music and brain research can be undertaken in purpose-built spaces.
Over 10 music therapy PhDs have been completed through us during the last few years, and our cohorts are growing. As a PhD student here you will be working alongside larger scale international projects on music therapy, and there is a rich programme of specialist lectures and PhD subject specific opportunities.
Our researchers are involved in public policy, and we regularly provide talks for parliament, keynotes around the world at international conferences, and research is linked to a working music therapy clinic in The Jerome Booth Music Therapy Centre. Three professors and two post-doctoral researchers are working on research into music and brain and improvisation EEG projects - music therapy for people in the local community with dementia and their carers, linked to local partners such as MHA care homes and Saffron Hall Trust. We also work closely with the Centre for Music and Science at Cambridge University.
Our staff are recognised as experts in their fields and have produced a number of influential books, journal articles, edited collections, compositions, recordings and creative artefacts.
Professor Jörg Fachner, DMSc, MSc Edu (Professor of Music, Health and the Brain): music, therapy and the brain; music and consciousness states; state dependent cognition and recall; music therapy and addiction treatment.
Dr Helen Loth, BA, RMTh, PGDip Counselling, PhD (Senior Lecturer): music therapy and mental health, eating disorders, children and families; cultural issues in music therapy; the use of non-western music; music and language.
Professor Helen Odell-Miller, OBE, BA, LGSM, RMTh, MPhil, PhD: music therapy and dementia; music therapy and links with diagnosis in adult mental health; music therapy and personality disorders; psychoanalytically informed music therapy; arts therapies and mental health.
Professor Amelia Oldfield, RMTh, PhD, LGSM (Senior Lecturer): music therapy with children with autism; music therapy with families; music therapy diagnostic assessments; orchestral instruments in music therapy improvisation.
Dr Clemens Maidhof, PhD, MA Music Cognitive Neuroscience of Music, Music Psychology, Neurophysiology, Multi-modal data acquisition and mobile brain-behaviour research, Syntactic processing of language and music.
Dr Alex Street, PhD, RMTh, BA Music: Neurorehabilitation (adult and children); disorders of consciousness; work in special schools; music and neuroscience; protocol development.
The School of Performance is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Our Cambridge Institute of Music Therapy Research is based in the purpose-built Jerome Booth Music Therapy Centre on Young Street, which includes state-of-the-art therapy rooms and a large hall. The centre is used for all of our teaching and our professional therapy consultations. It offers a large range of musical instruments specifically chosen for clinical work, as well as high-quality recording and videoing equipment in the therapy rooms.
You will also have access to the extensive range of facilities offered by the School of Performance, including a recital hall, a suite of computer music studios and music practice rooms, a fully-equipped drama studio and two large drama rehearsal spaces.
In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/ exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.
We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full and part time students.
If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview for a place. If have to pay bench fees this will be stated in your offer letter.
For 2018/19 the bench fee bands are:
Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
We will provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication; placing an academic article; giving a conference paper; the doctoral writing style; updates on research methods and literature searches; internet training; editing skills for doctoral research; subsequent monograph publication; and dealing with festivals, agents, and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities in the department, or organise research events like seminars and conferences.
In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.
You can also take part in running research projects where appropriate and link your research ideas accordingly.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email email@example.com.
We recommended that you also contact one of the above potential supervisors before applying to discuss your plans, particularly if you do not have a degree in music therapy.
MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelors degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Masters degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
For a PhD in the field of music therapy you are expected to have a degree in music therapy. However, applicants will be considered who have a degree in psychology, medicine or a related area in the allied health professions, and can evidence sufficiently their knowledge of and experience in music therapy research and practice.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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