Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: Royal Academy of Music

Continuing Professional Development Diploma (Conducting: Orchestral) (Taught)

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Course summary

The deadline to apply for this RQF Level 7 course is 1st November 2021. The deadline for receipt of Orchestral Conducting first-round video recordings is 16 November. The Academy’s postgraduate conducting course is internationally recognised as one of the foremost programmes for training conductors. Our students have many opportunities to work with talented players and singers in a variety of settings, from two-piano workshops and intimate chamber ensembles to full symphony orchestra. Academy conductors work in a friendly, collaborative and focused environment. The CPD diploma's course contents can be flexible, particularly in terms two and three, during which it can be shaped and directed,in consultation with the Head of Conducting to suit the applicant and their specific development goals. We understand that applicants will have a variety of professional backgrounds and prior experiences (and flexibility will be given, wherever possible in terms of external and internal opportunities) but it is essential that applicants will be comfortable studying in a class setting where the other students may be considerably younger, as this is where the majority of the practical training takes place. In our experience, the combination of experienced professional and younger Master's students is mutually beneficial. Owing to the individual and specialised nature of this CPD course, it is strongly recommended that anyone interested in applying should contact the Head of Conducting to discuss their situation and the course possibilities in advance.

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

  • Conducting (Orchestral)

Assessment method

Please see the information on

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

At the Academy we pride ourselves on our diverse international community. Over 800 students study here every year, with around sixty different nationalities from all over the world. Live auditions for candidates selected after their first-round video submission will take place during February in London, and you should attend at the allocated time.

Entry requirements

Additional entry requirements



First-round video upload as detailed on the Conducting audition web page.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Minimum score of 5.5 in every section of the test
PTE Academic59Minimum score of 59 in every section of the test

We accept IELTS Indicator, TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

English Language requirements are published on our website:

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

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
LondonNot available at this location

Additional information

Please consult Orchestral Conducting candidates submit video recordings by 16 November. The recordings are assessed by the Conducting department entry panel. This is the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by a performance candidate to a panel at the Academy. You will be informed around the middle of January whether you have been selected for the second round live assessment in London, this will take place in over two days in February and includes conducting an ensemble, aural tests and interviews.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are available on

Sponsorship information

Entrance Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit following entrance assessment during our advertised audition sessions. There is no separate scholarship application process, and entrance scholarship awards are confirmed in candidates' offer details. You can find more details about financial support on

Continuing Professional Development Diploma (Conducting: Orchestral) at Royal Academy of Music, University of London - UCAS