Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Orchestral Conducting PgDip (Part-Time) (Taught) Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Degree level: Postgraduate UCAS Conservatoires Awarded by: Birmingham City University

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Course summary

Designed for recent graduates and suitably qualified mature students, our taught Orchestral Conducting courses provide the technical training, collaborative opportunities and podium time necessary to help you prepare for a career as a professional conductor. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is currently the most exciting destination for orchestral conductors, with an active concert schedule.

As a first-study Orchestral Conductor, you'll be offered individual tuition from our staff conductors, Edwin Roxburgh and Daniele Rosina, and also from the many distinguished guest conductors who work with our ensembles and orchestras on an occasional basis throughout the year.

You'll work across the whole spectrum of the Conservatoire’s musical making, from core contemporary repertoire and student composition projects, through the central romantic and classic masterpieces back to period performance techniques. It's normal for conducting students to be proactive in presenting performances of projects that they've generated themselves. You'll receive support and professional advice in pursuing such projects, which should be viewed as an essential element of your studies.

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.

We provide a friendly and supportive environment in which you can pursue your postgraduate studies. This is a time when you need to think particularly carefully and strategically about the direction of your developing career as a musician. We therefore encourage you to be ambitious in pursuing your aspirations, and endeavour to provide you with the flexibility to mould your course to your individual needs; both within your Principal Study area and in complementary modules.

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.

Instrument/specialisms

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

  • Conducting (Orchestral)

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2019 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2020 courses.

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 613P
Institution code B34
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

Entry requirements

Honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music. Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music MMus Intensive applicants must be at Level 7 standard in their Principal Study Area and be well-suited to the intensive period of study. If you do not have a degree qualification, we may consider your application if you can demonstrate a significant amount of professional experience and achieve a high scoring audition IELTS overall score of a minimum of 6.0 with no sub-test below 5.5


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
Singapore Performers only /local fee £60 £60
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee £60 £60
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only) £60 £60
Birmingham Conservatoire £60 £60
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
*Fee not collected by UCAS

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Singapore Performers only /local fee £90 £90
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee £90 £90
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only) £90 £90
Birmingham Conservatoire £90 £90
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
*Fee not collected by UCAS

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £3,950 Year 1
EU £3,950 Year 1
England £3,950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3,950 Year 1
Scotland £3,950 Year 1
Wales £3,950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU - Equivalent or lower qualifications fees £5120 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

Provider information

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road
Birmingham
B4 7XR


Course contact details

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