Conducting (MMus) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS

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Course summary

The Application deadline for this course is 1 DECEMBER 2025. You will concentrate on the technique and craft of conducting through diverse practical experience with the Royal Conservatoire orchestras, our opera department, and various classical and contemporary ensembles. Our extensive professional links in Glasgow and across Scotland offer unmatched opportunities to work with and observe the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Red Note Ensemble, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Students at the RCS have masterclasses each year under the guidance of Professor Martyn Brabbins and other conductors with the BBC SSO and RSNO. Under the guidance of Professor Martyn Brabbins and Conducting Lecturer Michael Bawtree, you will have individual and group lessons, aural classes, discussion forums with industry professionals and the chance to engage with the extensive and varied opportunities that Glasgow – Scotland’s largest and most musically vibrant city – has to offer. Curriculum Review We are currently in the review cycle for our postgraduate music programmes starting in 2025, these courses are currently designated 'subject to validation'. This is standard practice during curriculum review periods. The outcome of this process, may mean there are some changes to how your programme is delivered.

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


Please see our course webpage for more information.

Assessment method

Please see our course webpage for more information.

How to apply

This course is not open to application until the 10th July 2024.

*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. Applications are welcomed from international applicants to this programme.

Entry requirements

Candidates for both the MMus and MA are normally expected to hold a good honours (at least 2:2) degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme.

Additional entry requirements


After making an application through UCAS Conservatoires, Conducting applicants must submit their video recordings via our Acceptd platform by the deadline for shortlisting. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an in-person audition at the Royal Conservatoire. Please refer to our our course page under the 'how to apply' section,for information on what to prepare for the audition:

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6Applicants who first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 in each component (with no component below 5.5) 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

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Joint principal specialism assessment

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RecordingNot available at this location

Additional information

All applicants need to complete an Acceptd account, this is part of the audition process. All applicants will go through a two round process, please visit our website for specific information. Final round auditions will only take place in Glasgow. You can view the audition requirements and what to prepare for this course at the following page on our website:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £12870* Year 1
England £12870* Year 1
Northern Ireland £12870* Year 1
Scotland £12870* Year 1
Wales £12870* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £12870* Year 1
EU £27467* Year 1
International £27467* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Associated programme costs may be required for this programme for any new student at the start of their studies. For more information on please see our website -

Sponsorship information

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information -

Conducting (MMus) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS