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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Music Therapy

This degree is pending accreditation and is not accepting new admissions.

Connect, heal and bring harmony

Beyond the fleeting presence of the latest pop-chart hit, music has an enduring, and well-evidenced, capacity to improve our health, functioning and wellbeing. Consequently, music therapy is being embraced all over the world in all kinds of settings—from hospitals and aged care facilities, to early childhood and community centres.

With demand for Registered Music Therapists (RMT) rising fast, our new Master of Music Therapy will prepare you to step onto this rewarding professional stage.

What will you do?

Conducted over two years full-time, the degree will equip you with:

advanced knowledge of music therapy theory and research
high-level skills in global best-practice music therapy approaches for clients of all ages
a firm grasp of key related ethical considerations.
You’ll undertake four clinical placements, with international students able to complete their final placement in their home country*. These real-world experiences will provide the opportunity to:

work one-on-one or in groups with real clients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, aged care, schools and community clinics
hone your music therapy skills working with all kinds of people to achieve a vast range of therapeutic objectives
gain valuable industry insight and professional connections.
And you’ll build outstanding research skills through a major second-year research project.


Where could it take you?

The Master of Music Therapy program at the University of Adelaide is designed to prepare students to work as a registered music therapist in a variety of clinical settings.  The two-year program provides intensive academic coursework and supervised placement in various settings across all age range. The program also include courses that would prepare students for future research role. The four clinical placements provide students opportunities to work directly with clients in various settings.  International students are allowed to do their final placement in their home country as long as there is a Registered Music Therapist or Board Certified Music Therapist to provide supervision.  Successful completion of the program and placements qualifies individuals to be registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association as Registered Music Therapist.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.


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  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Potential careers
Public Health Officer, Therapist, Health Officer, Health Promotion Professional


PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
Pearson Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
Tertiary Qualifications A Bachelor of Music or other relevant Bachelor degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, Creative Arts or Health Sciences
International Qualifications
Introductory Psychology Studies (equivalent to a one 3 unit course at UoA)
Music History Studies (or equivalent) OR Music Theory Studies AMEB OR ABRSM to Grade 5 standard
Instrumental skills equivalent to AMEB or ABRSM Grade 8 Standard.
Additional Entry Requirements
Statement of service from your employer or supervisor confirming role, duties and duration
CV detailing equivalent paid or voluntary work experience
3 referees (one character, one academic and one from a person who can verify your musical ability)
Supporting Statement: 200 words explaining how your professional or volunteer experience prepares you for training as a registered Music Therapist AND 500 words explaining your understanding of Music Therapy and your motivation for becoming a Music Therapist.
Police clearance