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Professional music therapy qualifications are at postgraduate level in the UK. The courses listed below are those recognised by the British Association for Music Therapy. Each requires a high level of musicianship; students are normally accepted only if they have had a three year musical training leading to a diploma or graduateship from a college of music or a degree from a university.

Student with degrees in subjects other than music, e.g. education or psychology, may be accepted if they have achieved a high standard of musical performance. Assessment of personality and suitability for the work also forms part of an interview.

Course Information

Here are the current courses offering training at Masters level in the UK:

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Philipa Derrington, Programme Co-ordinator MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins)Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6UU, Scotland

Telephone: + 44 (0)131 474 0000
Fax: + 44 (0)131 474 0001
Website: Nordoff Robbins Edinburgh

MA in Music Therapy (Guildhall School of Music and Drama/City)

The Registrar, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DT

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7628 2571
Website: Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Master of Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins) - Music, Health and Society - London and Manchester

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, 2 Lissenden Gardens, London NW5 1PQ, UK

Telephone: +44  20 7428 8903
Website: Nordoff Robbins

MA in Music Therapy - Roehampton University, London

Department of Psychology, Roehampton University, Whitelands College, Holybourne Avenue, London, SW15 4JD

Telephone: + 44 (0)20 8392 3709/3423,
Website: Roehampton University

MA Music Therapy - University of the West of England

Continuing Professional Development and Conference Unit, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Health Training and Research Centre, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY

Telephone: + 44 (0) 117 32 81158
Website: University of the West of England

MA in Music Therapy - Anglia Ruskin University

Department of Music and Performing Arts, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK

Telephone: + 44 (0) 1223 363271 ext 2045/2663/2981
Website: Anglia Ruskin University

MA in Music Therapy - University of South Waleswydd

Caerleon Campus/Campws Caerllion, Lodge Rd/Heol y Porthdy, Caerleon/Caerllion, NP18 3QT, UK

Telephone: + 44 (0) 1633 435303
Website:University of South Wales

Funding for Masters and PhDs

Often funding for music therapy training, and further PhD study, is available from charities, trusts, organisations and in some cases brands. Unknown to many students, bequests are also sources of funding. Local libraries will hold a physical grants register. When searching for funding for study, look beyond music related charities and trusts for support. Be sure to check eligibility criteria - music therapy can often fall into surprising categories that trusts are prepared to fund

Useful websites


Palgrave Macmillan Grants Register

The Scholarship Hub

The Nestpick Scholarship

Bull Ruby & Will George Charitable Trust

Sidney Perry Foundation

Leatherseller's Company

Leverhulme Trades Charities Trust 

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