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Course summary

The Musical Directing pathway is designed to support the development of skills and creative thought for musicians with a passion for theatre. As a Masters student, you will study the musical landscape, engage in practice-based-research and explore your own potential as a contributor to the future of the art form. The programme is closely linked with the industry and this ensures that you acquire the practical skills to support a sustained and varied career. Through specialised and focused conservatoire-level training, specific attention will be paid to: Keyboard skills Conducting skills Scoring and arranging techniques Vocal technique and repertoire coaching, Programming and Sound These one-to-one classes are designed to build your skill and experience as a musical director in the varying areas relevant to the form. You will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects matched to your specific interests and goals. Projects could include: Musical Director, arranger and orchestrator of the RCS Christmas Concert Musical Director of our BA Musical Theatre Glasgow and London Showcases Musical Director on the development of new and commissioned work Assistant Musical Director across fully produced BA Musical Theatre and Actor Muso shows Musical Director of a Cabaret season, Musical Directing roles on a season of work produced for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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

  • Drama Performance


  • Skills classes in keyboard skills, conducting and rehearsal techniques, scoring and arranging, keyboard programming and vocal technique
  • Students will be mentored through a series of projects
  • New musical development
  • Assistant Musical Director and mentorship through three fully produced BA Musical Theatre shows including a book musical, a contemporary musical and an actor-musician project
  • Fully produced public Big Band concert in conjunction with the RCS Big Band
  • Musical Theatre scene study and performance
  • Public performance of solo cabaret
- Full season of work produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; including a fully produced main stage musical theatre production and performances of a brand new work developed through the course of the year

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2022 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2023 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 60 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold an appropriate undergraduate degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme.

Additional entry requirements


Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition -

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

Joint principal specialism assessment

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RCSNot available at this location
OnlineNot available at this location

Additional information

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

A full fee waiver applies for the Musical Directing pathway.

Sponsorship information

Full fee waiver applies to this course.

MA Musical Theatre (Musical Directing) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS