Taught course


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland · School of Music

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Entry requirements

  • Full-time over two years - Normally, a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in a related discipline.
  • A Personal Statement of approximately 1200 words describing the applicants technical progress to date, learning style and rationale for wishing to undertake postgraduate study.
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Route (full-time over 45 weeks) - In addition to the above, applicants to the APEL route must submit a Portfolio of Evidence of Professional Practice and either a Reflective Practice Journal or Documentation Project as specified in our Guide for Applicants.

Months of entry


Course content

Performance (Brass, Guitar and Harp, Keyboard, Strings, Timpani and Percussion, Marimba, Vocal Performance, Woodwind), Accompaniment, Composition, Conducting, Historically Informed Performance Practice (in partnership with the University of Glasgow), Jazz, Opera, Piano for Dance (in partnership with Scottish Ballet), Repetiteurship, Scottish Music.

This programme is for people who want to make music their life’s work. Perhaps you aspire to become an opera singer, a concert artist or orchestral musician; to accompany, compose or arrange; to work as a freelance instrumentalist or to be a conductor, music leader or animateur. You may be planning to coach or teach, either as the sole focus of your professional life or as part of a portfolio career. You might have your sights set on doctoral study, on making a contribution to Scotland’s vibrant traditional music culture or may perhaps wish to fulfil one of the vital specialist music roles in related art forms such as ballet. Whatever your rationale for joining he programme, you will be able to refine and extend your musicianship in preparation for your next steps.

We offer two Masters degrees, the one-year MA and the two-year MMus. The MA runs full-time for three trimesters, with the third trimester being dedicated to a largely independent project. The MMus in Historically Informed Performance Practice in conjunction with the University of Glasgow also runs on this pattern.

The MMus occupies four trimesters across two years, with a summer break in trimester three. Part-time pathways are available for the MA and MMus degrees, as is a 120 credit exit award of PGDip.

The MA and MMus share two core modules: Principal Studies, which contains twenty-seven 90-minute one-to-one lessons per year with your principal teacher, and Supporting Studies, an individually negotiated programme of activities including, coaching, performance classes, repertoire studies, rehearsals, and for singers, three or four languages.

The Creative Artistry module is shared across all Masters programmes at the Conservatoire, and gives you the opportunity to pursue an individual research project located in your own discipline. The programme is completed by the project module which occupies the final third of the MA programme, and up to three 10-credit elective modules drawn from the undergraduate programmes.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)141 332 4101