Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Graduate Diploma in Musical Direction (Taught)

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Course summary

This one-year programme is for applicants who wish to progress on to the MA Musical Theatre (Musical Directing) programme and require further training. Throughout this intensive year of study, you will work with expert tutors to focus on your individual needs as an emerging MD – whether that is through skills development, collaboration opportunities or additional study in voice and sound.

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

  • Drama Performance

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 multicultural 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.

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

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RCSNot available at this location
OnlineNot available at this location

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8997* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8997* Year 1
EU £14115* Year 1
England £8997* Year 1
Northern Ireland £8997* Year 1
Scotland £8997* Year 1
Wales £8997* Year 1
International £14115* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website -
Graduate Diploma in Musical Direction at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS