Our thriving music therapy research culture is linked to the Jerome Booth Music Therapy Research Centre here in Cambridge. This state-of-the-art, purpose-designed music therapy centre is home to a team of music therapy supervisors (including three professors) who oversee research in a variety of music therapy specialisms.
These specialisms include music therapy and psychoanalysis; music therapy for children and families; music therapy and autism; music and the brain including neuroscience and music therapy; music therapy and mental health; music therapy and dementia; multi-cultural aspects of music therapy including use of gamelan; forensic music therapy; arts therapies and music therapy supervision; professional development of music therapy and arts therapies.
We’re linked to the International Music Therapy Research Consortium, which includes eight other universities in Europe, the USA and Australia.
The interdisciplinary nature of our research creates a rich and stimulating environment for staff and students. Our students in music therapy work closely with other research students, including dramatherapy researchers.
We’ll 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.
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, PhD (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, 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.
Eleanor Richards, BMus, MA, ARCM, SRAsT(M) (Senior Lecturer): applications of attachment theory; relational models of psychoanalysis to music therapy; the contribution of group analytic theory to group music therapy practice.
MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area.
PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.
If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
£4,500UK & EU 2016/17 Continuing MPhilPhD (part time)
£2,650International students, 2016/2017 (MPhil/Phd, per year, full time)
£11,200PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration)
£1,000PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration)
£3,200Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)
£1,300Writing up, 2016/17 (International students)
£1,300UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000
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