BMus (Hons) Popular Music

Royal Northern College of Music

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
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Course summary

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The new BMus (Hons) Popular Music is the UK’s only 4 year programme for popular musicians situated in a world-class Royal conservatoire. Our mission is to educate, train and develop you to have a successful, sustainable career as a professional musician. The programme provides intensive training for instrumentalists and singers with a high level of performing ability who intend to work as freelance musicians, bands and artists in the popular music industry, or as a preparation for postgraduate study. The curriculum seeks to develop your musical identity through creative composition, production and performance based modules that enable you to be not only a high quality performer, but also an original artist in your own right. We view all of our students as professional musicians from the outset and actively encourage and support you in establishing your career alongside your studies.

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

  • Drumkit
  • Guitar (Bass)
  • Guitar (Electric)
  • Piano/Keyboards
  • Voice

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2019 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2020 courses.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

1 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*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.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code201F
Institution code R57
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level EE

Additional entry requirements




Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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
Hong Kong£70£80
South Korea£70£80

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
RecordingNo fee charged
RNCMNo fee charged
ChinaNo fee charged
SingaporeNo fee charged
Hong KongNo fee charged
RussiaNo fee charged
South KoreaNo fee charged

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Our course fees enable us to maintain the high quality of a Royal Northern College of Music degree, invest in your wider student experience and offer a range of bursaries for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tuition fees for 2019 entry onwards will be published in early 2019. For information on current tuition fees please see
BMus (Hons) Popular Music at Royal Northern College of Music - UCAS