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Course summary

The BMus (Hons) degree at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will help you to realise your potential and prepare you for a career in the music profession, whether that is in performance, composition, or music technology. The programme will develop your specialist musical skills as well as developing your theoretical, historical, and practice-based knowledge, all the while encouraging your individual creativity. As a result, you will become an independent learner, a critical interpreter, and a reflective practitioner. You will have the opportunity to study in one of three Principal Study areas:

  • Performance (Instrumental or Vocal)
  • Composition
  • Music Technology
You will graduate with a named award that reflects the Principal Study area chosen. During your time at the Conservatoire, you will study within a particular Department that is determined by your Principal Study area. Our departments are arranged by both instrument and specialism and include: Brass; Composition; Historical Performance; Keyboard; Music Technology; Percussion; Strings (bowed and plucked); Vocal and Operatic; and Woodwind. With specialist tuition throughout all four years of the course, you will get the individual attention you need to prepare for a successful career. You will benefit from the care and attention of our highly qualified professional team of tutors and support staff, all of whom are dedicated to supporting and developing the potential of each student. You will be based in our £57-million Conservatoire building, which features the 440-seat Bradshaw Concert Hall; the smaller Recital Hall; our black-box performance space known as The Lab; our dedicated Eastside Jazz Club; seven recording studios, editing and mastering suites; not to mention a large number of practice rooms, ensemble rooms and teaching workshops. All our spaces are acoustically designed to provide a world-class music-making environment. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is a friendly, welcoming, and highly supportive environment. We also benefit from being part of Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, which provides many opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary projects.

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
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Clarinet (Theatre doubling)
  • Composition
  • Cornet

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Clarinet (Theatre doubling)
  • Composition
  • Cornet

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire£75£75
Virtual Audition£75£75
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee£75£75

Joint principal specialism assessment

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

Additional information

Entry to the BMus (Hons) is by audition only. Applicants will be required to demonstrate general musical knowledge and musicianship skills, including harmony and aural. Audition requirements differ per instrument/specialism applied for.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £26195 Year 1
International £26195 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Music BMus at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS