Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Performance (Taught)

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Course summary

The Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Performance is designed to allow students with an existing masters qualification to progress further within their discipline. You will have the opportunity to extend and deepen your skills, knowledge and understanding in-and-through performance within a rich conservatoire environment.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Accordion
  • Bassoon
  • Button Accordion
  • Button Accordion (Traditional Music)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Traditional Music)


The programme is structured into four modules. Advanced Principal Study includes 27 weeks of 90 minutes one-to-one tuition in your instrument or voice, and offers a range of assessment options including public performances, recordings, and individual negotiated projects. In Advanced Supporting Studies you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of departmental activities within the Conservatoire, alongside the possibility of choosing Options modules to broaden or complement your studies. The Professional Development module, unique to this programme, invites you to articulate a critical and reflective position on your continuing studies in relation to your transition into the profession. Why have you chosen further study at masters level? Which areas of your practice do you wish to expand and deepen this year: what repertoires, genres, techniques? What sources of information can you draw on to support your practice? What professional pathways and opportunities to you intend to explore? How can you document and reflect upon your progress through the year? Advanced Principal Study

  • 90 credits
Advanced Supporting Studies
  • 10, 20 or 30 credits
Professional Development
  • 10 credits
  • 0, 10 or 20 credits

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2020 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2021 courses.

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 53 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire. The Conservatoire holds auditions at the locations below. If you wish to audition at any of the locations listed, please submit your application at least one month in advance of the audition date. For further information, please see our website -

Entry requirements

Candidates are normally expected to hold a Masters Degree in Music.

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
New York£65£65

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
RCSNot available at this location
BeijingNot available at this location
GuangzhouNot available at this location
New YorkNot available at this location
RecordingNot available at this location
SeoulNot available at this location
ShanghaiNot available at this location
SingaporeNot available at this location

Additional information

For more information on what to prepare for audition, please see our website -

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8730* Year 1
England £8730* Year 1
Northern Ireland £8730* Year 1
Scotland £8730* Year 1
Wales £8730* Year 1
International £17106* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website -

Sponsorship information

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information -

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS