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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: Birmingham City University

Vocal Performance PgCert (Part-Time) (Taught)

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Course summary

Advance your skills as a singer with a postgraduate programme in Vocal Performance at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Our postgraduate programmes in Vocal Performance provide you with advanced-level training in singing. You're encouraged and enabled to increase your experience as a performer and to broaden your repertoire, though you can also take the opportunity to specialise if you wish. You'll receive specialist vocal tuition from leading UK and internationally renowned performers and teachers. In addition, you'll enjoy regular opportunities to sing in a variety of contexts, both as a soloist and in ensembles with other performers. Such opportunities include not only classes and masterclasses (these last being led by distinguished guest performers), but also in concerts and on the operatic stage. Alongside your vocal studies, our courses provide excellent opportunities for you to develop other skills relevant to a future career in the music profession. You'll have full access to our superb £57 million facilities, including our Concert Hall, 150-seat Recital Hall, our black box performance space known as The Lab, and more than 70 practice rooms, ensemble rooms and workshops; all acoustically designed to provide a music-making environment that is world class. We provide a friendly and supportive environment in which you can pursue your postgraduate studies. This is a time when you need to think particularly carefully and strategically about the direction of your developing career as a musician. We therefore encourage you to be ambitious in pursuing your aspirations, and endeavour to provide you with the flexibility to mould your course to your individual needs.

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.

Instrument/specialisms

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

  • Voice (Baritone)
  • Voice (Bass)
  • Voice (Bass-Baritone)
  • Voice (Counter-Tenor)
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Voice (Soprano)

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Voice (Baritone)
  • Voice (Bass)
  • Voice (Bass-Baritone)
  • Voice (Counter-Tenor)
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Voice (Soprano)

How to apply

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

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music. Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music MMus Intensive applicants must be at Level 7 standard in their Principal Study Area and be well-suited to the intensive period of study. If you do not have a degree qualification, we may consider your application if you can demonstrate a significant amount of professional experience and achieve a high scoring audition IELTS overall score of a minimum of 6.0 with no sub-test below 5.5


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
Singapore Performers only /local fee£75£75
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£75£75
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)£75£75
Birmingham Conservatoire£75£75
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee££

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Singapore Performers only /local fee£105£105
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£105£105
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)£105£105
Birmingham Conservatoire£105£105
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee££

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4050 Year 1
England £4050 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4050 Year 1
Scotland £4050 Year 1
Wales £4050 Year 1
Channel Islands £4050 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Vocal Performance PgCert (Part-Time) at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS