Choosing Which Course to Apply For

You can find detailed information about our courses on our website, which should help you to decide. If you have a non-traditional academic background and need more advice about the level of course you should choose, you are welcome to contact admissions@rcm.ac.uk or call +44 (0)20 7591 4362.

In most cases it is only necessary to submit one application, even if you want to be considered for more than one course, since you will only have one audition. Please read the information below to find out more.

 

Applicants Who Wish to be Considered for More Than One Course

If you wish to be considered for more than one course, in most cases you will only have one audition/interview, so you only need to submit one application. Please do not submit multiple applications, as UCAS Conservatoires will charge you for each one! This also applies to applicants who wish to be considered for one course but for more than one Principal Study.

We generally advise you to apply for the higher level of the two courses. If the audition panel considers that you would be better suited to another course, they may offer you a place on that course instead. You can mention in the Personal Statement section of your application and at audition that you would like to be considered for both courses.

For example, singers who are unsure whether they are ready for the Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance or the Masters Programme should submit just one application for the Masters Programme.

The only exceptions to this are composers who wish to be considered for both the Composition (MComp or MMus) and Composition for Screen at Masters level. These are completely different programmes with different admissions procedures, therefore two completely separate interviews with different panels, so candidates should submit two applications.

Masters Applicants Interested in Both the MPerf / MComp and the MMus

The RCM’s Masters Programme in Performance and Composition can lead to either a Master of Performance (MPerf) / Master of Composition (MComp) or a Master of Music (MMus) qualification.

If you are not sure which route you wish to choose at this point, you are advised to apply for the MMus only, as it has higher entry requirements. Do not submit two separate applications or you will be charged unnecessarily for two auditions. If you decide at a later stage that you would prefer the MPerf / MComp, it is very simple to request to switch after an offer of a place has been made, by emailing admissions@rcm.ac.uk.  

Both Courses Last Two Years and Lead to a Full Masters Degree, So What is the Difference?

For more information on the difference between the two courses please refer to this page.

 

Useful numbers

UCAS Conservatoires applicant helpline:
0371 468 0470

UCAS Conservatoires overseas helpline:
+44 330 3330 232

RCM admissions:
+ 44 (0)20 7591 4362

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