Royal College of Music

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Master of Education in Music - Part Time (Taught)

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Course summary

The RCM Master of Education is an advanced taught degree programme with research elements that develops students’ vocational skills by building on their music educational experience out in the profession. The programme is suitable for orchestral and other graduate professional musicians who have experience in education (educational work, community music, individual teaching, etc.), conservatoire Junior Department teachers; music staff in specialist schools, senior College/conservatoire professors new to higher education teaching, music teachers working in schools, community, and other settings, who satisfy the application requirements. The programme is designed to fit around a professional musician’s portfolio career commitments. Students complete a major independent research project based on their own experience, and build a portfolio of practice evidencing their professional development. Contact time is structured around intensive study blocks with weekly face to face classes and observational placement opportunities for some optional modules. Students study a combination of modules that enable them to analyse, develop and share their own practice, building a portfolio of evidence and conducting in-depth action research investigating an area of their own choice. The programme is available part time over a period of two to four years. A full-time route is also available over 12 months (students requiring a visa to study in the UK must select this option). Please note that this programme is not an initial teacher education programme and therefore does not carry UK Qualified Teacher Status.

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

  • Music Education

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

International applicants

The Royal College of Music has a long tradition of welcoming international students from all over the world. Our broad community of staff and students makes the RCM an exciting and diverse hub of musical activity. Almost half of our students are from outside the UK, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The application process is the same for students of all nationalities. This course is available on a full-time basis for students requiring a student visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in music from a conservatoire OR An undergraduate degree from a university, with EITHER a major final-year performance module passed with a minimum of 2:1 OR the ability to demonstrate a high level of performance ability, for example with a licentiate, diploma or international equivalent. Applicants must also provide evidence of a minimum of 5 consecutive years of post-graduation professional experience in education work.

Additional entry requirements



Please see for details.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 5.5 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
PTE Academic67Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 67 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity ISE III certificate. Must include a pass in all components.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall score of 180-200, with no less than 160 in any component. For tests sat before January 2015 we require an overall pass at Grade B OR Grade C and at least ‘borderline’ in all four components.

Nationals of majority English speaking countries (as defined by the UK Home Office) are not required to provide further proof of their level of English. Some other exceptions apply; please see the RCM website for further details.

The RCM's English Language Requirements are available at this link:

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
Online Interview£50£50

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
LondonNot available at this location
Online InterviewNot available at this location

Additional information

Applicants are required to submit a supporting portfolio by the application deadline, including a reflective statement, CV and video of their teaching experience. For more guidance and to submit your portfolio, please see Following initial assessment of the application and supporting portfolio, shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. We do not offer interviews for the Master of Education at our international audition venues; however, we may exceptionally offer a video interview for applicants who cannot attend in person.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees are still to be confirmed for 2022. More information can be found at

Sponsorship information

UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a Masters Loan. Many EU students will also be eligible. See for details. Education provision is a devolved matter for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where alternative arrangements apply.

Master of Education in Music - Part Time at Royal College of Music - UCAS