Music PgCert (Part-Time) at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS

Course summary

The principal aim of our Postgraduate Certificate in Music course is to enable a period of focus on your Principal Study, so that you can graduate as a more assured practitioner. You will have the opportunity to study in one of several Principal Study areas, all of which also offer the option to study at MMus or PgDip level. You will receive regular individual tuition in your Principal Study area from leading UK and internationally renowned performers, practitioners, teachers, and researchers.

  • Instrumental Performance (MMus, PgDip, PgCert)
  • Vocal Performance (MMus, PgDip, PgCert)
  • Jazz (MMus, PgDip, PgCert)
  • Experimental Performance (MMus, PgDip, PgCert)
  • Composition (MMus, PgDip, PgCert)
  • Music Technology (MMus, PgDip, PgCert)

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
  • Cello (Orchestral Performance)
  • Clarinet (Classical)
  • Clarinet (Jazz)
  • Clarinet (Theatre doubling)

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Cello (Orchestral Performance)
  • Clarinet (Classical)
  • Clarinet (Jazz)
  • Clarinet (Theatre doubling)

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.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

UK students should normally hold an 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. Experimental Performance applicants are required to submit a portfolio presented as one single pdf document. This portfolio should show us all the aspects of your artistic practice that you find important. The pdf document can contain descriptive or artistic text and images but also links to other websites (for example of video/audio recordings of your work). The nature of the work submitted, and its presentation, is up to you; however, please bear in mind that we need to clearly understand your personal approach to creating performances and making art. Make thoughtful decisions about specific elements of your work that you absolutely want us to see, for example by highlighting important sections through smart video editing or giving us timecodes so that we can easily locate essential moments within the documentation. The portfolio also must contain a motivational statement, explaining your reasons for applying. This can be delivered in the form of written text (max one side of A4) or via a link to a video or audio recording (or equivalent). Applicants for all other Principal Study areas will be auditioned. For full audition requirements and audition advice, please visit the Music Auditions section of the Conservatoire website.

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

For more information on audition entry requirements, please visit

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

£2,013 per 20 credits
Music PgCert (Part-Time) at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS