Royal Northern College of Music

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

BMus (Hons) Popular Music

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Course summary

Over the last decade, the RNCM's Popular Music programme has established itself as a global destination of choice for outstanding music students, teachers, researchers and professional artists. Continually reinventing to respond to the ever-changing, dynamic industry, this unique course creates exceptional musicians, original artists and inspired entrepreneurs with a drive to build purposeful, successful and sustainable careers. Students on the BMus (Hons) in Popular Music are treated as professionals from day one, gaining flexibility to create their own bespoke package while majoring in one of our four core areas of study. With a strong focus on artist development and taking inspiration from Manchester’s iconic music scene, this exciting degree teaches the essential skills of the 3D musician: performance, compositions and production. It embraces innovation and diversity, empowering you to be ambitious and imaginative with no boundaries to your creativity. And, through an unparalleled network of international visiting artists, industry professionals and influential industry partners, we actively encourage and support you to develop 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.

Alternative single specialism

You may audition for two instruments, with the intention of studying one instrument as a single specialism. The outcome of the audition will determine which instrument is taken as the main specialism.


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

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Cornet
  • Double Bass
  • Drumkit

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Cornet
  • Double Bass
  • Drumkit

How to apply

*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
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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
Recording – Single Principal Study£75£75
Recording – Joint Principal Study£110£110

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Recording – Single Principal StudyNo fee charged
Recording – Joint Principal StudyNo fee charged

Additional information

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

The RNCM charges tuition fees to all students for each year of study. To determine the status of undergraduate students for fee purposes, we follow regulations issued by the UK Government. If you don’t qualify for Home status, you’ll be enrolled as an International student. Visit for course fees and information about scholarships and bursaries.
BMus (Hons) Popular Music at Royal Northern College of Music - UCAS