Music Therapy MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time)

Cambridge

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.

Overview

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.

Full description

Supervision and support

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.

Current Postdoctoral Researchers

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.

Where you'll research

Your department and faculty

Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.

At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.

Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Facilities

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.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)

£4,260

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (Part-time, per year)

£2,130

International students, 2018/19 (per year)

£12,600

Bench fees

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:

  1. £500
  2. £1000
  3. £2000
  4. £4000
  5. £8000

PhD by Published Work

Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500

Writing up fees 2018-19

Full-time: £1400
Part-time: £1000

Funding

For advice on funding, scholarships and PhD studentship opportunities, please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

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.

Careers

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.

Contact details

If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email alsspgr-recruitment@anglia.ac.uk.

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.

Entry requirements

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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