To practice as a music therapist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The job title “music therapist” is protected by law. To register, you must successfully complete a postgraduate programme in music therapy approved by the HCPC.
In the UK, the following universities and institutions offer approved postgraduate courses in music therapy:
Postgraduate courses take between two and four years, depending on whether you study on a full time or part time basis. For entry to an approved course, you’ll need a degree-level qualification, but this need not necessarily be in music.
Applicants should also have experience of working with children or adults with mental health issues or learning disabilities.
The HCPC website has an up-to-date list of accredited courses. Entry requirements vary depending on the university, college or provider. You are advised to contact each individual provider to find out its specific entry requirements.
Short introductory courses are available if you are thinking of music therapy as a career. Visit the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) website for more information.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
Music therapists working in NHSScotland are required to become members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme in respect of regulated work protected adults and children. This scheme is managed by Disclosure Scotland.