Music and Psychology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Music and Psychology.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: CW83

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Course Overview

Psychology modules enable you to better understand why humans feel, think and act in the way they do. You will find out what the latest research tells us about human behaviour and learn how to design and conduct your own studies in well-equipped labs using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques.

The emphasis is on understanding how psychology affects everyday life, from developing a sense of self to influencing judgments about matters of global significance. Music focuses on the creation, performance, meaning and uses of music from a diversity of styles, periods and traditions. Alongside opportunities to perform and compose your own music, and to do a module-based work placement in the local community, you will investigate topics in music history, aesthetics, and social impact. You can also access modules from the Music Technology programme to create a programme reflecting your passions.

Music at Keele is a hub of world-class musicologists, composers and performers, and the musical life on campus is rich and varied. Interdisciplinary expertise, problem-solving and research skills prepare you for a variety of careers including neuropsychology or working as a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational or sports psychologist.

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Graduates also go on to careers in health, social care, management and marketing. Graduates in Music follow careers in media production, finance and banking, broadcasting, marketing and consultancy. You could go on to work as a teacher, performer, composer, music therapist, community musician or sound technician, or in game design, film, radio and television, recording or arts administration. You may also choose to pursue postgraduate study at masters or doctoral level.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • World Musics
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Individuals and Society
  • Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Second year

  • Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film
  • Indian Music
  • Music in the Community (work placement module)
  • Development and Social Psychology
  • Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • Social Psychology in the Modern World

Third year

  • Recital or Composition in Music
  • Contextual Studies
  • Music Ethnography Methods
  • Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

You can also research and produce a project/portfolio or dissertation in Music and/or Psychology

The psychology modules are accredited by the British Psychological Society.