Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

BMus (Hons) Composition

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Course summary

This course provides 30 hours of individual specialist tuition with your personal composition teacher per year (increasing to 35 in year four), which is far more than is typically offered by academic university music courses. You are also allocated an additional five hours tuition for a support study of your choice. Our priority is to provide the perfect preparation for a successful career in diverse areas of composition. We pay care and attention to treating musicians as artists and entrepreneurs, and aim to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges presented by the future of the profession, with the intention that they leave us as employable music professionals. In addition to benefiting from individual tuition, and group composition classes you will enjoy a range of activities designed to develop your artistry, musical fluency and personal and professional awareness. We have an emphasis on practice based learning, and you will benefit from masterclasses with esteemed visiting composers, composition workshops and public concerts with professional soloists, ensembles and orchestras, as well as time and space to develop your own ideas and performances, with tutor feedback in our experimental work space, the Lab. You will find yourself with numerous opportunities to compose and perform in many diverse contexts, and we support and encourage contemporary classical music in concert halls, experimental and conceptual work, projects in alternative spaces, electronic music (live as well as recorded and acousmatic), popular music, jazz, theatre music, and media/film music. From day one, you have the chance to tailor your studies to your individual interests. The Composition Department works very closely with other creative departments and we run numerous projects in collaboration with acting, jazz and music technology. This is an exciting time in our long history – you will be among the first students to benefit from our brand new facilities, including five public performance spaces, seven industry standard recording studios, around 70 practice rooms and Birmingham's only dedicated jazz venue. We have invested £57 million into 9,000 sq m of purpose designed state-of-the-art teaching and performance facilities, which will be the first of its kind in the digital age.

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

  • Composition

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

Admission tests



Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Institutions Own Test. For applicants who audition in the UK. Candidates will be required to demonstrate general musical knowledge and musicianship skills, including harmony and aural.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Music Test. For applicants who audition in the UK. Candidates will be required to demonstrate general musical knowledge and musicianship skills, including harmony and aural.

English language requirements

IELTS Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each band

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
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee£75£75
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£75£75
Singapore Performers only /local fee£75£75
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££
Virtual Audition£75£75

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire£105£105
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee£105£105
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£105£105
Singapore Performers only /local fee£105£105
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££
Virtual Audition£105£105

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £23600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU - Equivalent or lower qualifications fees £11,590 Students studying Equivalent or Lower Qualification in higher education are assessed to see whether they are looking to study at the same level to a qualification they already hold or at a lower level to a qualification they already hold. Students categorised as studying for an ELQ at the Birmingham Conservatoire will be charged a tuition fee rate that is higher than the standard published rates. This is because in 2008 the government announced that it would no longer provide funding to support universities teaching students who were classed as ELQ status.
BMus (Hons) Composition at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS