The 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.
They’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. The students in music therapy work closely with other research students, including dramatherapy researchers.
Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
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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). PhD: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
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.
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.
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MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master 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.
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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