Welcoming new applications for the MPhil/PhD programme 2019

phd Programme

The programme has two parallel tracks:

The Research team develops a range of research resources for use by practitioners, researchers, policy makers, advocacy groups, managers and fundraisers.

Some of the resources below are available to download here.

The research team regularly organise research events to stimulate discussion and promote awareness of research about music therapy and related fields.

Find out more about our recent research events by clicking on the links below.  

The varied specialisms of the research team are reflected by the range of research areas and methodological designs conducted by the team. Current and past projects are clustered into the three themes; 'Musical Interaction & Improvisation', 'Music Therapy Tools', 'Views, Overviews & Understanding'.

You can also find out about our Research Governance below. 

Nordoff Robbins is home to an innovative and vibrant team of on-site researchers with specialisms in the fields of music therapy, music psychology and music sociology.

The team's work is regularly published in specialist journals and they  contribute to international conferences and lectures. The team sits within Music Services and is led by Dr Craig Robertson, Head of Research. 

Research interests include musical interaction, collaboration and improvisation, music therapy assessment and evaluation.

Nordoff Robbins is the only music therapy charity in the UK with a team specifically dedicated to music therapy research.

Music therapy is an interactive, varied and growing practice. It raises pressing questions such as what happens in music therapy and why? How is it viewed by the people who engage with it in different ways? What are the effects of music therapy seen to be?

Nordoff Robbins is governed by a Board of Trustees, made up of nine people from across the music industry, accountancy, public health and law.

The diversity of our Board of Trustees brings a wealth of invaluable insight and expertise to Nordoff Robbins and enables them to take an informed and strategic overview of the organisation’s activities.

About Nordoff Robbins

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.

We support thousands of people through our own centres and by working in over 150 partnerships with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. 

Each year, in partnership with O2, Nordoff Robbins hosts the O2 Silver Clef Awards. A music industry fundraising event that recognises and celebrates the talent of some of the world’s biggest artists while raising vital funds for Nordoff Robbins – a charity dedicated to delivering life-changing music therapy to vulnerable people across the UK.