Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma Professional Performance (Part-Time) (Taught)

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Course summary

Support your developing career as a professional performer with Birmingham Conservatoire's post-Masters, Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (APD) in Professional Performance. You can choose from one of seven specialisms: Instrumental performance, Vocal Performance, Collaborative Piano, Organ Performance, Chamber Music Performance, Opera Repetiteur or Choral Conducting. Our Advanced Postgraduate Diploma is at post-Master's level, and is ideal for you if you're an advanced postgraduate performer who already has a Master's degree, and are beginning to accept professional level engagements. The course will help you to raise your own performance standards to the next level, with highly specialised one-to-one tuition in the department most relevant to your specialism. The Professional Performance APD allows you to take on performance engagements both within and outside Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as part of your course. Assessment focuses on your work in professional contexts, via a Professional Performance Portfolio module and a choice of External Engagement and Professional Project modules. We also provide a Career Management and Self-Promotion module designed to help you deal with those niggling, but vital, non-performance aspects of your professional career. 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.

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
  • Conducting (Choral)
  • Conducting (Orchestral)
  • Cornet

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Conducting (Choral)
  • Conducting (Orchestral)
  • 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.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

A postgraduate degree/diploma, normally (but not necessarily) specialising in performance. You'll need to demonstrate that you're able to perform to an appropriately advanced level. Substantial, verifiable public performance experience at an appropriate level. IELTS overall score of a minimum of 6.0 with no sub-test below 5.5

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

Joint principal specialism assessment

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2013 Module
Northern Ireland £2013 Module
Scotland £2013 Module
Wales £2013 Module

Additional fee information

£2,013 per 20 credits
Advanced Postgraduate Diploma Professional Performance (Part-Time) at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS