Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Instrumental Performance PgCert (Part-Time) (Taught)

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Course summary

Advance your skills as a performer with a postgraduate course in Instrumental Performance at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Our postgraduate courses in Instrumental Performance provide you with advanced-level training in your Principal Study area, preparing you for a solo, chamber or orchestral career, alongside excellent opportunities to develop other skills relevant to future employment in the music profession. This course is open to performers of orchestral, keyboard and other instruments such as recorder, guitar and saxophone. There is also a Chamber Music route for string ensembles. You'll receive specialist tuition from leading UK and internationally renowned performers and teachers. In addition, you'll enjoy regular performance opportunities, as well as having the chance to participate in masterclasses led by distinguished guest artists. 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.


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
  • Bassoon (Historical Performance)
  • Brass Quintet
  • Cello
  • Cello (Historical Performance)
  • Clarinet

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Bassoon
  • Bassoon (Historical Performance)
  • Brass Quintet
  • Cello
  • Cello (Historical Performance)
  • Clarinet

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2021 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2022 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.

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

Additional entry requirements



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
By Recording£75£75
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire£75£75
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
By Recording£105£105
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire£105£105
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £5500 Year 1
EU £5500 Year 1
England £5500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5500 Year 1
Scotland £5500 Year 1
Wales £5500 Year 1
Channel Islands £5500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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