Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

MArts, BA Music and Music Psychology

This information is for 2018 entry only. Information for 2017 entry.

Building on our world-leading teaching and research in music psychology, this unique four-year degree is the first of its kind in the UK.

You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of the concepts, key theories and principles of music psychology, as well as their applications and the techniques that are used in research. At the same time, diverse optional modules give you the freedom to explore a broad range of other subject areas, from performance to composition, aesthetics to music technology.

Whether you’re interested in music education, performance, community music, music therapy, music technology, computer science, or applied fields such as marketing, consumer behaviour or film music composition, you’ll gain an insight into the ways in which people hear, interpret and respond to music, and graduate with a Masters degree that will help you stand out in the job market.

Specialist facilities

At the heart of the School of Music is the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, a beautiful performance space which hosts a large and varied programme of concerts in term time. The entire concert programme is free to students.

The School of Music has its own purpose-built building complete with rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, a lab for studying the psychology of music and four lecture theatres. There are also studios for sound recording, software development and computer music composition – we have a wide range of professional recording equipment and up-to-date music software to help you with your studies. In addition, our instrument collection includes a specially commissioned gamelan, historic and modern keyboard instruments and a large selection of orchestral and world percussion.

Take a virtual tour of the School of Music

Music at Leeds

Leeds offers a fantastic variety of opportunities to get involved with music and performance that go far beyond the School of Music ensembles. You can also be involved in extra-curricular activities through the student union, or by creating your own ensembles or bands.

Leeds University Union Music Society (LUUMS) is one of the Union's largest societies and boasts eight ensembles, including orchestras, choruses, brass and wind bands; each one gives regular concerts and some go on tour. The campus hosts a diverse range of other musical societies, including Gospel Choir, Clothworkers Consort of Leeds, Opera Society, Music Theatre, Band Soc, Big Band, Electronic Music and DJ Societies. Find out more about Leeds University Union Clubs and Societies.

You could also get involved in cultural activities in the Leeds area, and perform in the city’s many venues such as clubs, pubs, churches, or the Town Hall.

Read more about city life in Leeds.


Core modules in your first year will introduce you to the sciences of music, examine the role music has played in society and culture over time and look at different approaches to studying and interpreting music; you’ll also choose from optional modules that allow you to develop skills in composition or performance.

In the following year you’ll learn more about how different types of music can be interpreted and analysed, from today’s pop music to classical instrumental works. You’ll also look at how psychological research and theories have been used to explain different emotional responses to music, listening, performance and other musical behaviours.

Our Music in Context core module will introduce you to an area of musicology that you choose from the range on offer, related to the research interests of our staff. Optional modules will give you the chance to develop your musical skills in fields like performance, composition, music technology, aesthetics, notation and editing.

In Year 3, you’ll build your understanding of the different research techniques in music psychology, and you’ll design, conduct and analyse empirical projects of your own. You’ll also choose from optional modules to develop your musical interests and specialisms.

In your final year, you’ll apply your knowledge of music psychology to a series of case studies in key fields such as education, therapy, advertising and technology, and you can continue an area of special interest in your choice of optional module. You’ll also investigate a specific topic in depth when you complete your own major research project.

Course structure

Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You'll study among leading practitioners and researchers, who are carrying out world-leading research which directly informs their teaching.

To help you benefit from their expertise, a variety of learning and teaching methods are used. Depending on the modules you choose, these are likely to include lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as online learning tasks, solo and ensemble rehearsals, studio time for composition and technology, and lab work in music psychology.

Independent study is also an important part of the degree, since this is where you will develop your analytical and research skills. Our experienced technicians and tutors are on hand to help if you need them, and you’ll have access to our expert instrumental and vocal teachers if you are studying performance.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor who will meet with you individually at least twice a year, and tutorial support for your other modules is always available on request. All staff have office hours where you can drop in and ask for help if you need it. There is extensive of support for students offered through the library's skills programme.

Assessment

We use different types of assessment, depending on the modules you choose. You will complete exams and essays, but you may also be assessed through performances, project work, composition portfolios, presentations, concert reviews and recordings.


Entry requirements

A-level: AAB normally including Music and/or Psychology.

If you have not taken Music (especially if it isn’t taught at your school or college), you should have at least one essay-based subject, as well as a minimum ABRSM Grade 5 music theory and Grade 8 practical qualifications.

If you have taken Music, practical grades are not a requirement for this programme. However, if you want to study performance, you’ll need a minimum of ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall or Rockschool Grade 8 merit/grade 7 distinction (or demonstrate that you are of equivalent standard, by the time you arrive in Leeds).

Students taking the EPQ may also be made an alternative offer.

We typically interview all eligible applicants.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

in Music: 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at level 3 with an overall Distinction and no credits below Merit

BTEC

DDD in a music specialism, normally with ABRSM grade 5 (minimum) music theory

Cambridge Pre-U

typically D3, M1, M1; normally students will have taken Music, but if you have not (especially if it isn’t taught at your school or college), you should have at least one essay-based subject, as well as a minimum ABRSM Grade 5 music theory and Grade 8 practical qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall (6 at higher level in Music)

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

(Leaving Certificate): H2 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3; normally students will have taken Music, but if you have not (especially if it isn’t taught at your school or college), you should have at least one essay-based subject, as well as a minimum ABRSM Grade 5 music theory and Grade 8 practical qualifications.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAABB in Highers / AB at Advanced Higher and AABBB in Highers / A in Advanced Higher and AABBB in Highers. Normally students will have taken Music, but if you have not (especially if it isn’t taught at your school or college), you should have at least one essay-based subject, as well as a minimum ABRSM Grade 5 music theory and Grade 8 practical qualifications.

Other Qualifications

Apolytirion of Geniko Lykeio with Pan Hellenic exams: 18.5 overall normally including Music (equivalent music qualifications will be considered); including 17 in the English from the Pan Hellenic exams

Cypriot: pass in the Apolytirion with a minimum of 19 overall, including 19 in Music (other music qualifications will be considered) and 17 in English, plus at least one A level at grade B or above (or equivalent)

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Access to Leeds participants will receive a lower offer.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Next steps

Suitable candidates will be invited for interview as part of the selection process. Interviews usually take place between November and March during one of the post-application open days, meaning you’ll also have the chance to look around the School of Music and meet some staff and students. You’ll receive a written invitation to attend an interview at a specific date and time.

Admissions tutors will consider your experience, skills and knowledge in relation to the academic demands of the course. If you’re predicted grades lower than AAB, or don’t hold standard entry qualifications, the interview is particularly important for demonstrating your experience, skills and knowledge, and ability to talk about music and/or psychology critically.

Admissions policy

School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £16,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Career opportunities

A degree in Music and Music Psychology will allow you to develop a wide range of subject knowledge and skills; you’ll also gain transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.

You’ll be a good communicator who is able to collaborate and work well in a team, but you’ll also be confident working independently. You’ll have the chance to develop analytical, research and organisational skills.

Graduates from the School of Music have gone on to succeed in fields such as music education, music therapy, arts administration, and clinical psychology. Others work in business, media, management, and law. This degree will be excellent preparation for doctoral study in the field of music psychology.

We run a series of careers events every year in collaboration with the University Careers Centre to help you explore your options.

Read our Graduate profiles

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


Placement opportunities

Study abroad

During your second year you’ll be able to apply to transfer to our MArts/BArts Music and Music Psychology (International) programme. This allows you to extend your degree by a year and spend your third year studying at one of our many partner universities worldwide.

It’s a great opportunity to enhance your CV and gain a new perspective on your studies, as well as deepening your cultural awareness through more varied experience. In addition to being a highlight of your degree, it can give you real confidence in a competitive job market.

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

You’ll have the option to extend your programme by a year to spend your third year working in the music industry. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and contacts – and some students go on to work for their placement companies after they graduate.

We have established internship opportunities with major music organisations such as Warner Music, English National Opera, and the Leeds International Concert Season, but you can also explore placements such as music therapy, education, orchestral or band management, in the UK or abroad.

In recent years students have taken placements in organisations such as Faber Music, Grand Union Orchestra, and Scottish Opera. One graduate has recently opened the New York office of WilKatPR, following a placement with the company.

Read more about Year in Industry

Year in Enterprise

If you have a workable business plan, you can also apply to spend a year developing your business. The Year in Enterprise works just like the Year in Industry – you extend your degree by a year, and you can benefit from support from the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies to get your plans off the ground.

Read more about Year in Enterprise


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