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

Course summary

The MA 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 filmed Industry Showcase. 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 Please note, the international application deadline is the 31st March 2024, all UK applicants are the 31st January 2024.

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

  • Musical Direction and Coaching

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

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 -

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7.5Applicants who first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.5 in each component (with no component below 7.5) is required.

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£55£55
City of London£55£55

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
RCSNot available at this location
TorontoNot available at this location
OnlineNot available at this location
ChicagoNot available at this location
New YorkNot available at this location
City of LondonNot available at this location

Additional information

We will continue to offer online auditions to international applicants and those who are unable to attend in-person due to exceptional circumstances. For the best audition experience, we would encourage all UK applicants to attend in person. For more information on what to prepare for audition, please see our website -

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £19415* Whole course
England £19415* Whole course
Northern Ireland £19415* Whole course
Scotland £19415* Whole course
Wales £19415* Whole course
Republic of Ireland £19415* Whole course
EU £28038* Whole course
International £28038* Whole course

*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

Full fee waiver applies to this course.

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