Courses Offered By Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Total 22 Courses

Music / Instrumental and Vocal Performance / Composition / Music Technology - BMus

Qualification: BMus (Hons) degree
Course Fee: 9250.00 For Year
Subject Areas: Performance Music Technology Composition Pedagogy Practical Percussion


What's covered in the course?
In addition to benefiting from individual tuition, you will enjoy a range of activities designed to develop your artistry, musical fluency and personal and professional awareness.

You will find yourself immersed in masterclasses and performance and composition workshops. Individual ensemble coaching and playing and teaching techniques complete the picture, helping you to become a well-rounded musician.

Top-flight singers and musicians – including baritone Roderick Williams, violinist Tasmin Little OBE, cellist Ben Davies, soprano Danielle de Niese and pianist Stephen Hough – are among musicians who have worked with and inspired our students.

Towards the end of your course, you will carry out a major project, which allows you to explore a specialism and format which matches your professional aspirations. This can be anything connected to music, from performance to business projects and dissertations to multi-media installations.

Academically, you will explore themes such as musicianship, music history and professional development. As well as getting a thorough grounding in technical and performance skills with an emphasis on harmony and aural training, you will cover topics such as education and outreach work, conducting and world music.

Music Technology - BSc (Hons)

Qualification: BSc (Hons) Degree
Course Fee: 9250.00 For Year
Subject Areas: Sound Technology Recording and Production Acoustic Fundamentals Sound Recording Digital Audio Fundamentals Music Studies Sequencing and Synthesis Audio Electronics Sampling, Editing and Production Digital Signal Processing Music and Critical Studies Acoustic Applications Multi-Channel Sound Production Digital Audio Effects New interfaces for Musical Expression


Want to be an established music technician? Study our BSc (Hons) Music Technology degree at Birmingham City University. This course is aimed at the technical music producer, and will train you to use technology to create, record and distribute music. We will provide you with industry connections, live projects and a wide, in-depth knowledge of the field.

You’ll leave with a valuable blend of creative ability and practical skills in music production, alongside solid business awareness and a strong understanding of technology.

What's covered in the course?
Our BSc (Hons) Music Technology course was set up to meet the growing demand for people within the music and audio industries who are able to use technology to assist in the creation, performance and distribution of music.

We will train you to become the next generation of musically-informed engineers, with a strong understanding of underlying technical principles in order to make informed decisions about appropriate technologies.

You will analyse and critically evaluate live musical events and sound recordings, as well as music technology products, systems, processes and designs. You’ll also have the opportunity to study in our world-class facilities in our Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Exploring a wealth of creative ideas and techniques, we will encourage you to think innovatively and respond to the needs of industry. Employability is a key factor incorporated within the course, and we are dedicated to providing you with the skills and knowledge to jump right into a creative role.

Music Technology - MMus / PgCert / PgDip

Qualification: MMus / PgCert / PgDip
Course Fee: 8500.00 For Year
Subject Areas: Music Technology


Our postgraduate courses in Music Technology provide an opportunity for composers and composer-performers to experiment with and develop expertise in the creative application of established and new music technologies.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is an internationally important centre for performance and composition with technology, especially live electronics. An example of its work is the highly acclaimed Integra Live project, an application that makes it easy to use interactive audio processing to create new music.

As you might expect, in this context, our postgraduate courses in Music Technology provide an exciting opportunity for composers and composer-performers to experiment with and develop expertise in the creative application of established and new music technologies.

You'll have full access to our superb £57 million facilities, including our Concert Hall, Recital Hall, seven recording studios, editing and mastering suites, and our black-box performance space known as The Lab. Alongside your focus on Music Technology, our courses provide opportunities for you to develop other skills relevant to a future career in the music profession.

What's covered in the course?
• Regular individual tuition in Music Technology from world-leading practitioners and researchers
• A chance to develop a distinctive creative voice within the context of a broad-based course, enhancing your employability.
• The opportunity to participate in a wide variety of creative projects, including interdisciplinary collaborations.
• Access to state-of-the-art hardware, software, recording studios and performance spaces including our experimental black-box performance space called The Lab.
• Regular forums, seminars and masterclasses with distinguished visiting composers and performers.
• A chance to network with leading professionals from around the world through our leading role in Integra Live.
• By studying Music Technology in the setting of a thriving conservatoire, you'll benefit from opportunities to work with professional ensembles and musicians, as well as student performers, including our contemporary music group, Thallein Ensemble.
• In PgDip and MMus, a core career development module designed to get you thinking about your future professional plans.
• In PgDip and MMus, the flexibility to choose from a broad menu of Professional Development modules designed to help you work towards achieving your personal career aspirations.
• In MMus, a core module designed to develop your skills as a researcher or informed practitioner.
• In PgCert, the ability to focus wholly on the principal study area.
• The possibility of transferring between PgCert, PgDip to and/or MMus (as appropriate) once you have begun your studies (but before completion of your original course).

Musicology - MA

Qualification: MA (Masters) Degree
Course Fee: 7400.00 For Year
Subject Areas: Theorising the Contemporary Career Development Concepts in Musicology


Whatever your interests, our Musicology course gives you the unique opportunity to pursue your own research project within a lively and exciting Conservatoire environment.

Our flexible course enables you to mould a programme of study to your own needs and aspirations, and may be approached as preparation for a research degree in music.

It is important that a musicologist also develops complementary skills and/or knowledge outside their specialism which will help equip them for a future career: professional musicologists typically find themselves, amongst other things, teaching, managing and administering; some even maintain parallel careers as professional performers or composers.

Therefore, we provide you with a choice of Professional Development Options (shared across our postgraduate programmes) alongside your musicological work to give you the opportunity to develop and/or expand your interests across a range of complementary areas.

The Conservatoire team—which comprises a large number of research-active staff—has a vast array of expertise, allowing us to supervise a wide range of projects, and we are particularly keen to attract those interested in pursuing Masters-level research in our specialist areas.

These include: Late Medieval Music; French Music of the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries; Italian Baroque Music; 18th and 19th Century British, Russian or Austro-Germanic Music; Contemporary Film and Television Music; Theory and Analysis; 20th-Century Music Theory and Analysis; and Music Critics and Criticism.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire also hosts a significant collection of historical instruments and we welcome studies with a focus on performance practice and/or critical editing.

Recent research projects include:
• An exploration of Music Performance Anxiety in a Conservatoire Woodwind Department.
• The Music of Hans Zimmer, US Military Intervention and "The Other" in Film; the Sound of the Ungrievable.
• Easy Listening: Jerry Lanning and the BBC Radio Orchestra 1979-81.
• The Emergence and Evolution of the Piano Study in the Years 1797-1837.
• Voices from a Non-Place: An Investigation into Language, Space and the Sung Voice.
• The Lute and Non-Nobility in Elizabethan England.
• Alexei Stanchinsky (1888-1914): Context and Influences.
• Clara Schumann as Pedagogue.
• Italian Film Music During the 1930s: Political Appropriation and Socioeconomic Agendas.
• Constructive or Destructive? Assessing the Impact of Feedback in Instrumental Piano Lessons.
• Irish Rebel Music 1969-1995: Appropriation and Hidden(?) Agendas.

Our MA Musicology course can be studied as a standalone course, but it is also intended to help prepare you for a research degree.

Please note we consider applications throughout the year for this course, it does not close for applications in October.

What's covered in the course?
Most postgraduate conservatoire degrees are focused on performance or composition, and don’t cater for musicologists. This is not the case at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where this course provides you with the opportunity not only to develop your skills as a musicologist, but to supplement them with complementary studies unique to a Conservatoire environment.

Your own research project will be at the heart of your course, and alongside this you will choose from the Conservatoire’s menu of postgraduate Professional Development options, which will allow you either to hone your skills in complementary areas, or to develop and expand your interests, providing the opportunity to interact and network with fellow musicians and a range of staff, as well as enjoying the excellent facilities the Conservatoire boasts.

You will benefit from the Conservatoire’s excellent library resources, as well as the opportunity to get involved with our performance departments, and our wider research community of students and staff through seminars, study days, social activities and other events.

Conservatoire Research Degrees - PhD

Qualification: PhD
Course Fee: Full Fee
Subject Areas: Research Skills Research Electives


A PhD at Birmingham Conservatoire will help you create opportunities to develop research skills that support performance, composition or a scholarly career. Whether you are interested in music (including composition, music technology, musicology, performance and jazz) or performing arts (theatre, acting, directing, applied drama, dance and interdisciplinary performance practice), you will be supervised by leading experts in the field.

Choosing to study in a conservatoire environment allows you access to top-level performers, enabling you to situate your research in an environment of practical music making and acting.

What's covered in the course?
A PhD enables you to follow a programme of self-directed, independent study, supported by experienced supervisors who are themselves experts in their area. Birmingham Conservatoire operates a system whereby you are able to assign your allocated hours to a number of specialist advisors, allowing you to tailor the support you need to the requirements of your own project.

Whilst you will be developing as an independent researcher, you will be supported both by your supervisors and the wider Conservatoire research community. As well as bespoke research skills training for musicians and performing arts students, there are regular opportunities for you to present and share your work with other research students.