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Advanced PG Diploma in Music

Overview

The Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Music is designed to allow students with existing masters qualifications to progress further within their discipline. You will have the opportunity to extend and deepen your skills, knowledge and understanding in and through performance within a rich conservatoire environment.

The Advanced Postgraduate Diploma is available to performers in the following disciplines:

  • All string, woodwind and brass instruments, solo, chamber or orchestral 
  • Guitar and harp 
  • Timpani and percussion, including marimba 
  • Piano solo and ensemble, harpsichord, organ, accordion 
  • Vocal Performance 
  • Scottish folk/traditional performance
  • Jazz performance

It is not available for Conducting, Composition, HIPP and Piano for Dance.

The important details

UK Applicant Deadline:
2 October 2024

International (including EU) Applicant Deadline:
1 December 2024

Institution Code:
R58

Programme Code:
445F

Audition Fee:
£65.00

Application Fee:
£28.50


Why Study the Advanced PGDip in Music at RCS?

This programme will:

Symphony orchestra cello player practice.

Musical discipline


Enable the deepening of an established musical practice at the forefront of the discipline 

Performance opportunities


Provide opportunities to present solo and/or collaborative performances within a proto-professional musical environment

Several harp students prepare to play.

Collaborate across art forms


Foster the ability to develop as a performer by integrating new skills and perspectives

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Prepare for the profession


Stimulate a critical and reflective musicianship that will prepare the student for the challenges of the profession

Programme Structure

The programme is structured into four modules.

  • 40.5 hours of principal study tuition and supporting study classes each academic year
  • A range of assessment options including public performances, recordings, and individual negotiated projects

You will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of departmental activities with the Conservatoire 

Modules to broaden or compliment your studies

The module, unique to this programme, invites you to articulate a critical and reflective position on your continuing studies in relation to your transition into the profession


Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

Candidates for both the MMus and MA are normally expected to hold a Masters degree in Music, or its overseas equivalent.

English language requirements

The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Level 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component) is required of applicants to the School of Music.

Direct entry 

Applications for direct entry beyond Year 1 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with the Royal Conservatoire’s Recognition of Prior (Experiential) Learning policy. If you wish to apply for direct entry, please mark the point of entry on UCAS Conservatoires application as 2 or 3. 


Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees
  • UK: £12,760 (Performance), £13,954 (Vocal and Opera)
  • International: £27,968 (Performance), £28,760 (Vocal and Opera) 

Funding & Scholarships

You can find out about the funding and scholarships available for studying at RCS by visiting our dedicated page:

Funding & Scholarships

Cost of Living & Programme Costs

In addition to tuition fees, it is estimated that you will need between £11,200 and £15,300 per year to live in Glasgow, plus programme costs. Much will depend on your lifestyle and whether your course runs for three or four terms. 

Programmes within the School of Music have a range of associated costs related to the specific activities required and advised by the programme team. You can find an indication of these costs below: 

School-of-Music-Programme-Costs.pdf 


How to Apply

Apply via UCAS Conservatoires

Applications are made through UCAS Conservatoires website. The UCAS Conservatoires application system is separate from the main UCAS undergraduate application system. If you wish to apply to conservatoires and universities within UCAS, you will need to register for both services.

You can read our guidance about using UCAS Conservatoires on our dedicated how to apply page.

We do not offer deferred entry. If you wish to commence in 2026, you must apply next year.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland institution code is R58. You will also require the following programmes codes to apply: TO ADD

The closing date for all on-time applications is 2 October 2024 (UK) and 1 December 2024 (International).  If you submit your application after this date, we cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed by the audition panel. If you do want to submit a late application, you must contact admissions@rcs.ac.uk in the first instance to check we are accepting late applications

Application/Audition fees

There is a UCAS Conservatoires application fee of £28.50. In addition to the application fee, each conservatoire charges an audition assessment administration fee. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland charges an audition assessment administration fee of £65 for this programme.

We recognise that auditioning and interviewing for conservatoires, drama and ballet schools can be costly. The audition assessment administration fee charge allows us to offer a thorough and positive experience to all applicants and we encourage you to get in touch to ask the panel questions and find out more about the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to see if it is the best place for you.

Policy

We have a number of policies and statements which you should read when applying to study at the Royal Conservatoire.

Please select the links below to read each policy.

References

It is your responsibility to ask two separate referees to write references and ensure that these are sent to RCS.

The references must be written by two different people and we will not accept references from family, other relatives or close friends. You can submit your UCAS Conservatoires application form and send your references at a later date, but they must be received prior to your audition date.

UCAS Conservatoires provides reference forms for you to download and send to your referees for completion.

Selection process

Applicants are selected first and foremost on the basis of merit and potential. However, due attention is also paid to the range of Principal Studies accepted in order to ensure the optimum experience for each student and to sustain the critical mass required for curricular activities, such as the symphony orchestra and choral activities.

Please note that the Conservatoire is obliged to offer one audition date per application. If you are unable to submit your application/audition recording by the deadline date above, you must email us immediately stating the reason. We have a specific period allocation to audition and all on time applications will receive a decision before Christmas. If your audition recording is delayed, there is a risk that places will already have been taken and your application may not be considered in the first round of scholarship allocation.

Audition Information

Specific audition dates and locations will be updated here when available.  Should you apply on time, you will be e-mailed directly with details of your audition date and time, and your UCAS Conservatoires track will be updated with this information.

International applicants are welcome to submit a recorded submission via Acceptd. 

Recording Guidelines:

  • When setting up for your video recording, your body (typically, from about the waist up) and instrument should be the focal point of the frame. The committee wants to be able to see not just your face but how well you navigate your instrument. 
  • The video recording should be provided in ONE continuous shot without separate tracks for different musical pieces. 
  • Please begin the recording by introducing yourself to camera and stating what you will be performing. You can take a little time between pieces so long as your body must remain in the frame. 
  • For any pieces that were written for your instrument and piano accompaniment, you are encouraged to perform with piano accompaniment (whether live or pre-recorded) if practical for you. Be assured, however, that if this is not possible for you, then you will not be disadvantaged in any way.

For more information on recording a video audition, Guitar Lecturer Matthew McCallister reveals his top tips on recording your music audition online: 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYNY47cVNBA. 

Through audition, applicants will be required to demonstrate: 

  • a high degree of technical competency on the instrument or voice in the service of specific repertoire 
  • an ability to demonstrate a considerable degree of understanding of the repertoire performed 
  • an ability to perform specific repertoire convincingly 
  • a considerable degree of self-confidence and creativity with respect to the repertoire performed
  • a degree of self-sufficiency, initiative and independence in selecting, preparing and performing a particular programme 
  • a developing musical personality

Once you submit your recording, this may be followed up with a live online interview.

The interview will be held by members of the audition panel. It will explore your understanding of the demands of the programme, knowledge of repertoire, aspects of performance practice, performance experience and attitudes, and professional aspirations. You may also be invited to talk about the recording you have submitted. You may also be given a sight reading as part of this process, depending on your principal study department(s).

Successful candidates will show potential to develop their beliefs and skills through the programme.

Why RCS?

We are the only place in Europe where you can study all of the performing arts on the one campus. There is a distinctive creative energy at RCS and you’ll be made to feel part of our inclusive and diverse environment from the very beginning of your studies.

Our graduates are resourceful, highly employable and members of a dynamic community of artists who make a significant impact across the globe.

At RCS, students develop not just their art but their power to use it.

Find out more 

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