Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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

Instrumental Performance with Professional Placement (Taught)

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Course summary

Advance your skills as a performer with a postgraduate course in Instrumental Performance at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Whether you're a recent graduate or returning to study after a break, 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 a future career in the music profession. These courses are open to students pursuing orchestral instruments, keyboard instruments and other solo instruments such as recorder, guitar and saxophone. There is also a Chamber Music route for string ensembles. We also offer a 'multi-instrument' specialism for woodwind players who do not wish to follow the traditional orchestral route, but would prefer to pursue a career as a multi-instrumentalist in musical theatre. All principal study woodwinds instruments welcome but aimed primarily at saxophone, flute and clarinet players, this course will train multi-instrumentalists to a professional level. If you are interested in auditioning for this, please make direct email contact with Jenni Phillips, Head of Woodwind. You'll receive specialist tuition from leading UK and internationally renowned performers and teachers. In addition, you'll enjoy regular performance opportunities, both within Departments and in concerts, 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. The Professional Placement This will allow you to complete a credit bearing, 20 week Professional Placement as an integral part of your Master’s Degree. The purpose of the Professional Placement is to improve your employability skills which will, through the placement experience, allow you to evidence your professional skills, attitudes and behaviours at the point of entry to the postgraduate job market. Furthermore, by completing the Professional Placement, you will be able to develop and enhance your understanding of the professional work environment, relevant to your chosen field of study, and reflect critically on your own professional skills development within the workplace. You will be responsible for finding and securing your own placement. The University, however, will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study. You will also benefit from support sessions delivered by Careers+ as well as advice and guidance from your School. Placements will only be confirmed following a competitive, employer-led selection process, therefore the University will not be able to guarantee placements for students who have registered for the ‘with Professional Placement’ course. All students who do not find a suitable placement or do not pass the competitive selection process will be automatically transferred back to the standard, non-placement version of the course.

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

  • 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.

Application codes

Course code:
1104
Institution code:
B34
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

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

England £9700 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9700 Year 1
Scotland £9700 Year 1
Wales £9700 Year 1
International £23100 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Instrumental Performance with Professional Placement at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS