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The RNCM is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors and composers from all over the world.

Now in its fifth decade, the RNCM is relatively young, Read More but its rich history spans back to 1893 when Sir Charles Hallé founded the Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1973, this institution merged with the Northern School of Music, and the RNCM was born.Today, the College is a thriving conservatoire with around 320 teaching staff and 880 students from nearly 60 different countries.

Complementing this role, the RNCM is also a vibrant live music venue offering unparalleled opportunities for students to perform regularly to public audiences and to work alongside professional musicians and visiting artists. Housing four major performance spaces, including a professionally-staffed, fully-equipped Theatre and recently refurbished Concert Hall, the College presents more than 400 concerts each year, ranging from RNCM orchestras and ensembles and large-scale opera productions, to a host of touring companies and external hires.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated the RNCM the UK’s leading music college for research and in 2017 the College was ranked Gold in the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s first Teaching Excellence Framework. The RNCM has also been awarded two Times Higher Education Awards: Excellence and Innovation in the Arts (2015) and Outstanding International Student Strategy (2016). Read Less

Course & Program View All

Qualification Level: BMus (Hons) degree

The RNCM Bachelor of Music with Honours (BMus Hons) degree supports the education of creative, inquisitive, well-rounded musicians, complementing your passion for performance or composition with academic and professional training to the highest standard.

In addition to Principal Study, your artistic and technical expertise will flourish through group tuition, classes and masterclasses with high-profile artists, and a range of performance opportunities. You’ll also be encouraged to follow your own path, developing specialisms, connections and a personal musical style as the programme progresses. And with a clear emphasis on success, fulfilment, and musical wellbeing, the course will help you master the skills necessary to build and enjoy a musical career in the 21st Century.

Programme Overview
Duration: 4 years, full-time/3 years full-time intensive
Credits: 480
UCAS Conservatoires Code: 300F
Applications for September 2020 entry: Open July 2019, via UCAS Conservatoires
Deadline for on-time applications: 1 October 2019

The BMus (Hons) comprises of 480 credits over four years and is made up of three complementary components: Principal Study, Career Development (including Placements and Projects), and Academic Studies.

A three-year intensive pathway is available for applicants who can demonstrate outstanding academic and practical ability, as well as exceptional maturity, at audition and interview. This option includes all of the same content as the standard BMus, but is completed in a shorter time frame.

Ten places are normally available for the intensive pathway, and all students must have the DipABRSM (HE, Level 4) qualification before they begin the course.

Course Duration: 3 years full-time

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BMus (Hons) degree

As one of the world’s most forward-thinking conservatoires, the RNCM is proud to offer the UK’s only four-year Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Popular Music.

Inspired by Manchester’s enviable music scene, both past and present, our unique programme prepares students to be artists fit for the future, catering specifically to those who want to work in the popular music industry. Through a blend of intense individual and group tuition, ensemble performance classes and professional engagements, the course actively encourages and supports you in establishing a professional career alongside your studies, ensuring you’re industry-ready at the time of graduation.

Programme Overview
Duration: 4 years, full-time
UCAS Conservatoires code: 201F

Applications for September 2020 entry: Open July 2019, via UCAS Conservatoires.
Application deadline for on-time applications: 1 October 2019

The BMus (Hons) in Popular Music comprises of 480 credits over four years, with half of the programme dedicated to developing skills in your Principal Study instrument/voice.

In addition to one-to-one tuition, the course develops academic and creative skills, and cultivates business acumen and entrepreneurial activity through employment and employability training.

Delivered at the RNCM, Blueprint Studios and Lever Street Studios, students work with teaching staff who are high-standard academics and active professionals in the music industry, working as session musicians, producers, songwriters, recording artists, composers, musical directors, writers, managers, promoters and performers. You will also benefit from the invaluable expertise of a team of Visiting Tutors who have a wealth of industry experience working with singers and bands including Adele, CeeLo Green, Incognito, Jamiroquai, Al Jarreau, James Morrison, One Direction, Simply Red, Sting, Take That, Amy Winehouse, and Steve Winwood.

Course Duration: 3 years full-time

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BMus (Hons) degree

This unique and competitive programme offers those with outstanding musical and academic ability the opportunity to study two degree courses simultaneously: the Graduate Diploma of the RNCM (GRNCM) and the Bachelor of Music (MusB) at The University of Manchester.

Known informally as the ‘Joint Course’, it is designed for students who are not only busy performers with a wide variety of professional experience, but extremely intelligent musical thinkers.

Programme Overview
Duration: 4 years, full-time
UCAS Conservatoires code: 399F
Applications for September 2020 entry: Open July 2019, via UCAS Conservatoires
Application deadline for September 2020 entry: 1 October 2019

The GRNCM comprises of 340 credits and study includes the entire three-year MusB (Hons) programme at The University and approximately two-thirds of the RNCM’s four-year BMus (Hons). Your time at the RNCM involves intensive one-to-one tuition, specialist classes and masterclasses, performance opportunities and a series of modules dedicated to artist development, including conducting, recording, editing, musicians’ health and wellbeing, and a professional industry placement. This is complemented by a strong academic foundation gained through your studies at The University.

Course Duration: 4 years, full-time

Qualification Level: MMus (Masters) Degree

The RNCM’s Master of Music (MMus) meets the needs of the music professional, and is ideal for those who have a strong vision of where their future is heading.

Helping you to shape your desired career through a personalised approach to study, you’ll refine your creative and technical skills through one-to-one Principal Study training, specialist classes and masterclasses, lectures and seminars, and a range of performance opportunities. You’ll also gain valuable real-world experience through an external professional placement, and benefit from performance, audition and networking opportunities with our professional industry partners.

Programme Overview
Duration: 2 years, full-time/1 year intensive, full-time (not available in Conducting)

UCAS Conservatoires Course Codes:

Composition (including Popular Music)
2 years – 820F/1 year intensive – 823F

Performance (Conducting, Répétiteur Studies, Accompaniment and Popular Music):
2 years – 801F/1 year intensive – 805F
2 years (Conducting) – 807F/1 year intensive (Conducting) – 808F
2 years (Popular Music) – 701F/1 year intensive (Popular Music) – 702F

The programme consists of 180 credits and is focused around Principal Study (composition, conducting, performance or popular music), which forms the major component in each year of study. Students also have the opportunity to pursue studies in a related Specialism preparing them for research degree-level study, specifically Artistic (practice-based) Research, Musicology, Music Education, and Music Psychology.

Please note: the application deadline for September 2020 entry was 1 October 2019. Late applications may be considered subject to the availability of places. Please email admissions@rncm.ac.uk for more information.

Course Duration: Two years (Full-time)

Course Fee: £ 10100.00 For Year

Qualification Level: MMus (Masters) Degree

Through a combination of advanced practical and pedagogical training and vocational studies, the RNCM’s specialist Master of Performance (MPerf) programme heightens the skills and techniques needed to ensure you thrive.

It’s perfect for graduates who are looking to become professional performers, providing exceptional one-to-one tuition, solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and specialist guidance on self-promotion. The course also offers training in instrumental teaching, the chance to gain real-world experience via an external industry placement, and the opportunity to work with professionals to create and edit your own expertly-produced recording, ensuring your future is as sustainable as it is successful.

Programme Overview
Duration: 2 years, full-time or 1 year intensive, full-time
FHEQ Level: 7
UCAS Conservatoires codes:
2 years: W310/1 year intensive: M486
2 years (Popular Music): W320/1 year intensive (Popular Music): W330

The programme consists of 180 credits and comprises five main components: Principal Study, Recording Project, Practical Pedagogy, Research Module and one Practical Option.

Students experience training in performance to a professional level, and gain the knowledge necessary for self-promotion in the music industry. You will benefit from the expertise and guidance of the RNCM’s world-class teaching staff and visiting tutors, receiving a tailored blend of regular learning and performance opportunities, including one-to-one tuition, masterclasses, solo and small ensemble performance, specialist classes and workshops, lectures and seminars, practical exercises, independent learning and an external professional placement.

Please note: the application deadline for September 2020 entry was 1 October 2019. Late applications may be considered subject to the availability of places. Please email admissions@rncm.ac.uk for more information.

Course Duration: Two years (Full-time)

Course Fee: £ 22600.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Post Graduate

The RNCM’s specialised Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) is ideal for performers and composers who have a Master’s-level qualification and wish to perfect their craft with us.

Designed to enhance your musical experience, the programme offers exceptional Principal Study and group tuition, complemented by a flexible choice of modules that reflect the dynamic and evolving music industry. You’ll also benefit from a range of performance and professional development opportunities to further enhance your creative and technical skills and employability.

Programme Overview
Duration: 1 year full-time
FHEQ Level: 7
UCAS Conservatoires code:
Composition: 620F
Musical Performance: 601F

The PGDip: Advanced Studies in Musical Performance/Composition consists of 120 credits, and comprises the following two strands: Advanced Performance/Composition tuition and two elective modules. All PGDip students receive regular tuition from the RNCM’s team of internationally-acclaimed staff, a wealth of performance opportunities both at the College and externally, support of an appointed mentor who will advise you through your selection of options and in preparation for your final performance/portfolio, and vocational and academic elective modules options that complement specialist tuition and performance activities.

Please note: the application deadline for September 2020 entry was 1 October 2019. Late applications may be considered subject to the availability of places. Please email admissions@rncm.ac.uk for more information.

Course Duration: 1 year (Full-time)

Course Fee: £ 10100.00 For Year