Royal Northern College of Music

BMus (Hons) Popular Music Royal Northern College of Music Degree level: Undergraduate UCAS Conservatoires


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Course summary

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The new BMus (Hons) Popular Music is the UK’s only 4 year programme for popular musicians situated in a world-class Royal conservatoire. Our mission is to educate, train and develop you to have a successful, sustainable career as a professional musician. The programme provides intensive training for instrumentalists and singers with a high level of performing ability who intend to work as freelance musicians, bands and artists in the popular music industry, or as a preparation for postgraduate study. The curriculum seeks to develop your musical identity through creative composition, production and performance based modules that enable you to be not only a high quality performer, but also an original artist in your own right. We view all of our students as professional musicians from the outset and actively encourage and support you in establishing your career alongside your studies.

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

  • Drumkit
  • Guitar (Bass)
  • Guitar (Electric)
  • Piano/Keyboards
  • Voice

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

1 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain audition locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 201F
Institution code R57
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level EE

Additional entry requirements




Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Audition locations

In the event of a successful audition, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote audition recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an audition in person.

Single specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Recording £75 £85
RNCM £75 £85
China £75 £85
Singapore £75 £85
Hong Kong £75 £85
Russia £75 £85
South Korea £75 £85

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Recording No fee charged
RNCM No fee charged
China No fee charged
Singapore No fee charged
Hong Kong No fee charged
Russia No fee charged
South Korea No fee charged

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Our course fees enable us to maintain the high quality of a Royal Northern College of Music degree, invest in your wider student experience and offer a range of bursaries for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tuition fees for 2019 entry onwards will be published in early 2019. For information on current tuition fees please see

Provider information

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Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 161 9075 210

Fax: +44 (0) 161 9075 375