MA Music Therapy Interview Information

Your interview experience is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion for the course you are applying for.

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What happens on the day

The selection process will last for most of the day and will include:

  • introductions and arrangements of individual interview times
  • course briefing and time to ask questions
  • group workshop
  • individual interviews and auditions

Arrival and welcome

The day will start at 10:00am with some general discussions about the programme and allocation of individual interview times. Generally applicants with furthest to travel are interviewed first, although specific personal requirements are considered. There will then be a group activity where you will have the opportunity to experience some of the teaching methods employed on the course and will also allow a member of the course team to consider your ability to engage in music making within a group context.
It is important that you take part in such an activity, because the training demands a significant degree of emotional robustness and the ability to reflect on personal and group dynamics. You will be given an opportunity to capture written reflections on your experience, which you will hand to the interviewing panel.
After lunch we will reconvene for personal interviews/auditions that could last up to an hour each. The day will finish no later than 5:30pm.

What to bring with you on the day, and what to expect

For the interview/audition please bring your preferred instrument*, and come along prepared to perform for the panel two contrasting, short pieces of your musical repertoire (maximum 10 minutes in total). You will also be invited to demonstrate your abilities to use voice effectively as an instrument; and to harmonise with a member of the panel using a guitar or piano/keyboard.
* A piano and keyboard will be available on the day.

Supporting documents

To support your application the programme team require copies of the following documents, if they have not yet been provided:

  • two references to support your application. These need to be on letter headed paper from the organisation your referee works for, and be signed and dated. Please note we do not contact referees to request this
  • proof of your academic qualifications to date

Please submit these to us electronically before your interview. Please also submit these in just one email, once you have all supporting documents. These need to be sent to

What happens if I am unable to attend my interview?

If you are unable to make your interview date for whatever reason or if you would like to withdraw your application with us, you can request to do this by completing our short form.

If you have any questions about interviews, please feel free to contact us:

T: +44 (0)1332 591167

Interview Location

Your interview will take place at Britannia Mill, Derby Campus.

University of Derby
Britannia Mill
Mackworth Road
DE22 3BL

On arrival, please report to the Main Reception where you will be met by a course representative.

Maps and Directions

Important note regarding parking when visiting our Britannia Mill site: If you are coming by car you will not be able to park at the Britannia Mill site. You may however be able to use the Pay and Display car park (car park 1) at our Kedleston Road site. The parking charges are around £5 for the day and the machine takes cash (exact change) or debit card payments. The Britannia Mill site is approximately a 20-minute walk from the car park, or there are regular free shuttle buses (bus number 4 from our Kedleston Road site). Please allow at least 30 minutes to get from Kedleston Road to the Britannia Mill site.

If you are arriving by train there are taxis outside the station and the Unibus stops outside the station at regular intervals. Travelling to Derby by bus

When attending your interview, please allow plenty of time for travelling and parking as the roads around the University can be very busy.

Any special requirements?

Please let us know of any special requirements you may have, particularly if you have any disability or special needs, to help us to assist you in the interview process, eg any access or communication issues.

Please note: If you are bringing someone with you they will not be able to stay with you during the selection process, however they are welcome to stay on-site and make use of our wide range of food and drink outlets.

Is the Interview Day compulsory?

Yes. You will need to attend the interview before we can make you an offer on the programme.

What happens if I am running late on the day?

We know that delays are sometimes unavoidable so if you are running late on the day, please contact us as soon as you are able to and let us know your estimated arrival time. If necessary, we can tell you any alternate arrangements for your interview. In some instances, if you expect to be significantly late, we may suggest you book for a different date.

Can I visit the halls/campus?     

Depending on the course you have you may have the opportunity to visit halls on the day of your interview, if this has been arranged you will be given more details on your arrival. If you attend a University of Derby Open Day you will have the opportunity to visit halls and see the different types of accommodation on offer. If you are made an offer to study with uswe also offer visits to halls as part of our applicant day experience.

You can also take a 'virtual tour' of our campus and one of our halls of residence.

And finally….

Should you have any questions, or if you require special provision to be made for any aspects of the day, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone: 01332 591167 or email: