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The MA Psychology in the Arts (Music) has been created for students who want to explore the role music plays within our lives and understand its significance, and influence on the human psyche.
This cross-disciplinary programme is the first of its kind in Scotland, and RCS is the only UK conservatoire to offer a Master of Arts postgraduate degree in this rapidly growing area. It has been developed as a part-time, online blended learning programme to enable students from across the globe to study alongside professional commitments.
Health and wellbeing are at the core of this two year programme. Supported by a team of experienced music pyschologists, you will explore three key areas of music psychology (developmental, performance and social) and associated research skills before embarking on a bespoke negotiated research project.
The course has been created for people with a strong interest or established practice in music. We are looking for learners who have agency within their own artistic praxis, want to discover the links with psychology, and who wish to make a positive contribution to the world around them. You should be open to new and diverse views and perspectives, and be hungry to share in a dynamic community of creative practitioners where you can be part of emerging conversations designed to shape the future of music psychology research and knowledge exchange.
Students will be encouraged to feel empowered and ready to interrogate their praxis, and evidence and articulate its impact. In doing so, they will be asked to consider the moral, ethical, artistic and cross-disciplinary dimensions within key areas of music psychology.
In the first year of the programme you will interrogate and evaluate theories in developmental, performance and social psychology.
Music and Developmental Psychology: the impact and importance of music in how people grow, change and remain the same over the course of their lifetime.
Music and Performance Psychology: examining different dimensions of theory and practice of performance psychology in identity, health and wellbeing, creativity and communication.
Music and Social Psychology: exploring the role of music in the social setting and examining its impact on human emotions and behaviours.
Second year begins with a research skills module where you will explore methodological approaches, methods and the ethics of research. This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to develop a research proposal for your own bespoke project.
The final module of this programme is the Project module. This provides you with the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice by carrying out your bespoke research project and demonstrating the impact for you and your professional context.
During your studies, you will gain enhanced skills in critical and analytical analysis, communications skills, collaborative and interpersonal skills and organisational and evaluative skills. Due to the diverse nature of the programme graduates can explore career opportunities in many areas, including: