Training as a music therapist

All professional music therapists in the UK are qualified at a postgraduate level.

Please find details and links below to courses in the UK recognised by the Association of Professional Music Therapists.

Each course requires a high level of musicianship: students are normally accepted only if they have had a three year musical training leading to a diploma or a degree from a college of music or from a university. Very occasionally students who hold qualifications in subjects other than music, e.g. education or psychology, may be accepted if they have achieved a high standard of musical performance. Assessment of personality and suitability for the work also forms part of an interview.

Details of courses in the UK

MSc in Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins), Edinburgh
James Robertson Programme Leader
MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins),
Queen Margaret University Edinburgh,
Queen Margaret University Drive,
East Lothian EH21 6UU,

Tel. + 44 (0)131 474 0000
Fax + 44 (0)131 474 0001
Nordoff Robbins Edinburgh


Master in Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins), London or Manchester
Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy,
2 Lissenden Gardens,
London NW5 1PQ, UK

Telephone: + 44 (020) 7267 4496
Nordoff Robbins


MA in Music Therapy (GSMD/City)
The Registrar,
Guildhall School of Music and Drama,
London EC2Y 8DT

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7628 2571
Guildhall School of Music & Drama


MA in Music Therapy - Roehampton University London
School of Human and Life Sciences,
Roehampton University,
Whitelands College,
Holybourne Avenue,
London, SW15 4JD

Telephone: + 44 (0)20 8392 3709/3423
Roehampton University


MA Music Therapy - University of the West of England
Continuing Professional Development and Conference Unit,
Faculty of Health and Social Care,
University of the West of England,
Health Training and Research Centre,
Frenchay Campus,
Bristol BS16 1QY

Telephone: + 44 (0) 117 32 81158
University of the West of England


MA in Music Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University
Music Department Office,
Anglia Ruskin University,
Faculty of Humanities,
Arts & Education,
Division of Music and Performing Arts,
East Road,
Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK

Telephone: + 44 (0) 1223 363271 ext 2045
Anglia Ruskin University