Taught course

Independent Study Programme: Advanced

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance · Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Entry requirements


  • an undergraduate degree in any subject
  • successful audition

The performance at entrance audition will be considered alongside the applicant’s educational background and attainments in determining the appropriate level of study.

Non-native English speakers require an IELTS score of 5.5 (or equivalent) in all areas.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed for music graduates who wish to develop their creative practice through a dedicated programme of study, routed in studio or practice-based activity. After studying this programme, you should be able to:

  • Develop sophisticated and assured technique and musical development, appropriate for entrance into the profession
  • Make independent choices in relation to repertoire, style and technical issues
  • Develop independence in your approach to study
  • Plan future professional development

The programme is an opportunity for you to access high-quality conservatoire postgraduate study, and may provide an entry route to further specialist/vocational training (e.g. a PG Diploma or Masters level programme within the conservatoire sector) or a platform for a dedicated period of professional development activity.

Learning takes place through a blend of formal tuition, experiential learning and personal study. Instrumental, composition, or vocal tuition/supervision is the central element of the provision, with the Professional Studies module consisting of individual one-to-one learning, group tuition, rehearsals, workshops, seminars and masterclasses. You will develop and contextualize your individual tuition/supervision within a broad range of solo, small-group/chamber, and large-ensemble activities including the CoLab module.

This full-time programme is available over one term, two terms, or a full academic year. Modules include:

  • Professional Studies (all study options)
  • CoLab (for students taking the full-year and two-term study options)

You will be able to access modules from the BMus programme - where seen as necessary to the acquisition of skills and knowledge required for PG Diploma/Masters level study. This will be agreed in consultation with the Programme Leader and Head of Department and will be subject to the payment of an additional module fee.

Information for international students

Students from over 60 countries currently study at Trinity Laban. Our worldwide reputation is founded on the success of our students and we are proud to play a vital part in developing our international community.

We want our international students to enjoy their time at Trinity Laban and make the most of the academic, personal and social opportunities available here. Living away from home can be a big change and adapting to a different country can be a little confusing at times. We are here to help you if you have questions or come across any difficulties while you are with us, and ensure you can access the full range of student support available.

Our thriving Students’ Union will help you meet people from all over the world, make life-long friends and experience life in London, considered by many to be the cultural capital of the world.

Candidates will need to provide evidence of English language ability. Free English language support classes are provided for students whose first language is not English and for students with a learning disability (e.g. dyslexia).

Once enrolled on one of our programmes, you can access support from your English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutor. Depending on the programme, this is through timetabled classes or one-to-one tutorials. Draft-checking of written assignments is available, as is help in any area where your level of English may be causing you problems. Support is available for all programmes (except for the Teaching Musician programme and other courses within the Learning and Participation department).

Trinity Laban holds various auditions in Asia, North America and cities throughout Europe. They are designed to give you an insight into what we expect from our students, and to find out more about the programmes we offer at our award-winning facilities in London. Find out more on the Auditions section of our website.

Fees and funding

You can find tuition fee information on our website.

The government has announced that Student Loans of up to £10,609 are available for Masters programmes for Sept 2018 entry. Those loans have to be paid back after the end of your course, once you are earning over £21,000. You can find more information on the Student Loans Company website and check terms and eligibility.

If you are ineligible for this loan or it does not cover your living costs, you can also apply for a Career Development Loan from a bank. Repayment starts one month after the end of your course, with no interest during your studies. Interest will accrue after your course and repayment rates will vary according to your loan. Check terms and eligibility.

There are alternative ways to fund your studies, including:

Trinity Laban also has some funding opportunities available and provides a variety of awards to students each year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
3-12 months

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