Doctor of Performing Arts - Full Time study at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: University of St Andrews

Doctor of Performing Arts - Full Time study (Taught)

Course summary

The Doctor of Performing Arts programme is the Royal Conservatoire’s innovative professional doctorate in artistic practice. Validated by the University of St Andrews, the purpose of the programme is to enable professional artistic development at the highest level and provide a structure within which you can make a significant and original contribution to your chosen artistic field. It is a doctoral programme comparable in scope, level and ambition to the PhD, but squarely focused on making a significant and original contribution to the artistic field within which the work resides. You can choose to study this course full-time (three years) or part-time (six years). The vision of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is to be Scotland’s globally-recognised and inspirational leader in learning for the performing arts, attracting and nurturing the nest of Scottish and international creative talent. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offers opportunities for suitably qualified students to work towards the achievement of a Doctor of Performing Arts in appropriate areas of enquiry. Applications will only be successful, if it is clear that the proposed work can best be undertaken within a conservatoire context, in which performance and/or creation is held central, and that the Conservatoire has the appropriate artistic expertise to offer appropriate artistic mentorship and guidance.

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

  • Accordion
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Cornet
  • Dance


More information about what the course entails can be found on our website:

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 diversity to the Conservatoire.

Entry requirements

The essential qualification for admission to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a doctoral student is the possession of a good honours degree or the attainment of a level of professional achievement equivalent to that of a good honours degree: having met this essential qualification, admission to the Doctor of Performing Arts programme is by audition. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is committed to the principles of the Accreditation of Prior Learning, including experiential learning, and will bring those to bear on the admissions process for its research students. Applicants for whom English is a second language must demonstrate an IELTS score of 7.0.

Additional entry requirements


Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition -


Following submitting an application on UCAS, applicants must submit their proposal directly to the Conservatoire -

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Applicants who first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 in each component (with no component below 7.0) is required.

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

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
OnlineNot available at this location
RCSNot available at this location

Additional information

For more information on the audition/interview process, please see our website -

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9637* Year 1
England £9637* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9637* Year 1
Scotland £9637* Year 1
Wales £9637* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9637* Year 1
EU £22428* Year 1
International £22428* 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 -

Sponsorship information

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information -

Doctor of Performing Arts - Full Time study at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS