PhD Programme

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Welcoming new applications for the MPhil/PhD programme 2018

Up to two places will be available during 2018 for the Nordoff Robbins doctoral programme. We welcome applicants with suitable experience and who fit the criteria for this programme.

Schedule for applications

Closing date for applications: 5 January 2018
Selection process: January - February 2018

Please contact the PhD Programme Convenor Prof Gary Ansdell for further information and application details: gary.ansdell@nordoff-robbins.org.uk 

phd Programme

The programme has two parallel tracks:

  • MPhil/ PhD in Music Therapy 
  • MPhil/ PhD in Music, Health, Society

This postgraduate research degrees programme is validated by Goldsmiths, University of London and is linked to both the Nordoff Robbins Research Department and to the Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies Department (STaCS) at Goldsmiths. It is a practice-orientated programme designed for experienced practitioners in either music therapy, or community music/ music and health who seek further professional development through research.

If you would like to learn more about the PhD Programme please download the prospectus and FAQs, which provide further information on the programme and application process. 

Please note that unlike larger doctoral programmes located within university departments, the Nordoff Robbins MPhil/ PhD programme recruits new students only when places become available. Because currently all of our students are part-time (taking up to seven years to complete their studies) the programme does not recruit on an annual basis. Instead, when places are likely to become available there is a formal call for applications, advertised on the Nordoff Robbins website and other bulletins.

The Programme Convenor is always keen to talk to people who may be thinking of making an application in the near future.

Please contact the Programme Convenor Prof Gary Ansdell: gary.ansdell@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Supervisors

Professor Gary Ansdell, Associate and convenor of the MPhil/ PhD Programme

Dr Neta Spiro, Head of Research

Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services (Education, Research and Quality Assurance)

Professor Mercedes Pavlicevic

PhD Students

Our international postgraduate student community includes music therapists and music psychologists contributing to the growing body of research around music therapy practice and related fields. Read about the research projects conducted by current and past PhD students below. 

Current PHD Students and Projects                Past PhD students and projects

CURRENT PHD STUDENTS & PROJECTS

Jessica Atkinson, PhD candidate

Email: jessica.atkinson@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Working title: Music therapy and long-term carers

Supervised by: Gary Ansdell & Neta Spiro 

Registering institution: Nordoff Robbins / City University London

Start and end dates: 2015 – ongoing

Claire Flower, PhD candidate

Email: claire.flower@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Working title: The child, parent and therapist; an exploration of the trio in music therapy

Supervised by: Mercédès Pavlicevic & Gary Ansdell 

Registering institution: Nordoff Robbins / City University London

Start and end dates: 2011 – ongoing

Kjetil Hjørnevik, PhD candidate

Email:  Kjetil.Hjornevik@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Working title: Doing music doing time: An explorative study of music’s roles in music therapy and everyday life within a prison setting

Supervisors: Gary Ansdell & Simon Procter 

Registering institution: Nordoff Robbins / City University London

Start and end dates: 2014 – ongoing

Maren Metell, PhD candidate

Email:  maren.metell@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Working title: Music and advocacy in the first years of families with disabled children

Supervisors: Simon Procter & Mercédès Pavlicevic 

Registering institution: Nordoff Robbins / City University London

Start and end dates: 2015 – ongoing

Giorgos Tsiris, PhD Candidate

Working title: Music therapy and spirituality

Supervisors: Gary Ansdell & Mercédès Pavlicevic 

Registering institution: Nordoff Robbins / City University London

Start and end dates: 2011 – ongoing

PAST PHD STUDENTS & PROJECTS

Dr Stuart Wood, PhD

Email: stuart.wood@nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7267 4496

Books and chapters

Wood, S. (2016) The Music Matrix: Themes in Community Music Therapy. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Wood, S. & Ansdell, G. (2016) Music Therapy and Community Music: An overview. In L. Higgins & B-L. Bartleet (Eds.) Oxford Guide to Community Music. Oxford: OUP.

Wood, S (2013) Evaluation of Community Music Therapy: Why is it a Problem? In L. Ole Bonde et al (Eds.) Musical Life Stories: Narratives on Health Musicking, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo: Centre for Music and Health.

Wood, S. (2004) ‘From Therapy to Community’ – Making Music in Neurological Rehabilitation. In M. Pavlicevic & G. Ansdell (Eds.) Community Music Therapy pp48-62. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Journal Articles

Wood, S. (2006). Music Therapy for Dementia. Journal of Dementia Care, 14 (6), 8.

Wood, S (2006). "The Matrix": A Model of Community Music Therapy Processes. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, North America, 6, nov. 2006. Available at: https://normt.uib.no/index.php/voices/article/view/279. Date accessed: 10 July. 2009.

Wood, S. (2007). Chalfont Lodge Choir: Heart of a Home and Community. Journal of Dementia Care, 15 (1), 22-25.

Wood, S. (2008). Making the Most of Musicality. Journal of Dementia Care, 16 (5), 10-14.

Wood, S. (2010). Musical connections. Journal of Dementia Care, 18 (4), 5.

Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services (Education, Research and Quality Assurance)

Dr Simon Procter trained at the Nordoff Robbins London Centre from 1995 to 1997. He has worked as a music therapist in schools, hospitals, social service day centres and community mental health settings. From 2000 to 2007 Simon was Research Assistant at the Nordoff Robbins London Centre and in this capacity encouraged and supported the development of research within the Centre. Since 2007 Simon has been Director of Nordoff Robbins’ national training programme – the Master of Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins): Music, Health, Society – which trains musicians in the craft of music therapy with training bases at the Nordoff Robbins Centre in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

A former editor of the British Journal of Music Therapy, he completed his doctoral research within the Sociology and Philosophy Department of the University of Exeter, supervised by Professor Tia DeNora. He is currently on the Editorial Board of Music and Arts in Action.

Dr Simon Procter Selected Publications

Email:  simon.procter@nordoff-robbins.org.uk