Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

MA Applied Psychology of Music


Explore a broad spectrum of current music-psychology research topics with an emphasis on real-world applications of such knowledge, learning from experts in the field and in world-class facilities.


The University of Leeds is a rare example of a British institution offering music psychology at all levels of study, delivered by a strong team of experts. The School of Music has a dedicated ‘psychology laboratory’ where students can interview participants and conduct practical projects, and is one of the leading exponents of applied research in music psychology in the UK.

The course offers tuition on topics in the social, developmental and cognitive psychology of music, considering what research from these  traditions reveals about a range of musical behaviours including performance and listening. Given its interdisciplinary nature, the course draws influences from numerous fields including psychology, musicology, sociology and cultural studies, combining theoretical and empirical approaches.

You will be exposed to case studies and research techniques in the applied psychology of music in areas such as education, therapy, technology and society. You will complete an empirical dissertation supervised by one of our expert staff members, and also have the opportunity to pursue an optional module in another area of music such as musicology or performance.

Key Staff

Dr Alinka Greasley (Programme Leader)
Research Interests: Music listening behaviour; Musical preferences; Personal music collections; Musicians’ health and well-being; Electronic dance music culture; DJ performance practice
Dr Freya Bailes
Research Interests: Musical imagery (i.e. imagining music in the ‘mind’s ear’); Music and memory; Mental representations in musical creativity; Cognition and perception of musical structures; Cognitive and social processes in performance; Music and wellbeing
Dr Karen Burland
Research Interests: Musical identities; Musical development; Music Therapy and Music Technology; Audience experience
Dr Dave Ireland
Research Interests: Perceived emotional meaning in music; Film music and the role of music in audiovisual media; Musical semiotics; Interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity

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