BMus Conversion Programme

A flautist rehearsing at the Royal College of Music
The BMus Conversion Programme allows Royal College of Music alumni who graduated prior to the introduction of the BMus(Hons) as the standard undergraduate qualification to 'top up' their existing DipRCM (Performer).

Overview


Start date September 2018
Duration One or two years part-time


At the end of the programme, successful students are awarded the internationally recognised BMus(Hons) degree under the RCM’s own Royal Charter. 

Students on the BMus Conversion Programme complete one core unit – a level 6 Research Project for 30 credits – and one free choice unit selected from a range of level 6 options, also for 30 credits.

Not all of our level 6 options will be suitable. Those considered most appropriate – because they are delivered through more flexible one-to-one supervision rather than through weekly lectures – are listed in our at-a-glance guide to the main BMus(Hons) programme below. However, for students living close to London and prepared to make a commitment to attending RCM classes regularly, exceptions may be made and this can be explored during your interview.

Facilities

We continually invest in our facilities to ensure RCM students have the very best opportunities. Our impressive performance spaces are matched by top-quality academic and technical provisions, such as our historic library and professional grade studios. The Royal College of Music is proud to offer some of the finest facilities anywhere in the world.

The RCM’s largest performance spaces are the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, which has an illustrious history, and the 400-seat Britten Theatre, which boasts excellent technical facilities for the RCM’s thriving International Opera School. In addition, more intimate spaces include The Parry Rooms, which have unparalleled views of the Royal Albert Hall, and our 100-seat Recital Hall.

As well as practice rooms and space for one-to-one and group teaching, the RCM contains dedicated opera rehearsal spaces, 11 Amadeus Music Pods and organ rooms. We have over 140 pianos, including 60 grand pianos and 20 early keyboards, instrument storage with special facilities for harps and double basses, plus in-house instrument workshops.

RCM Studios is a top commercial-grade facility, equipped with the latest audio, video and composition technologies, supporting the RCM’s recording needs and enabling live broadcast of performances around the world.

The RCM Library contains more than 400,000 items of printed music, 9,000 CD recordings, extensive music literature, more than 400 music journals, plus an internationally renowned collection of original manuscripts (including examples from Mozart and Elgar) and early printed editions.

The RCM Museum holds more than 1,000 instruments dating from the late 15th century to the present day, some of which are the earliest known examples of their kind. The collection is a unique resource and many of the instruments can be studied or played by RCM students.

The public museum is currently closed for refurbishment, but its vital resources are still available to our students. 

A student writing

Entry requirements

Applicants must have already been awarded a DipRCM (Performer) by the RCM.

How to apply

Interested candidates should contact the Head of Undergraduate Programmes, registering their interest and outlining any circumstances that have prompted their application. Candidates will then be advised on how best to proceed. 

Dr Christina Guillaumier

Head of Undergraduate Programmes

christina.guillaumier@rcm.ac.uk

Research Project Proposal

If you are advised to go ahead with your application you will be asked to submit a 400 word proposal outlining your intended area of research within the Research Project core unit.

The Research Project represents a substantial piece of work, especially if you are returning to formal study after a break. It is important to sketch out some clear ideas at the application stage and show that you have the potential and capacity to plan and execute a major project.

Your research may take one of a number of forms. The following examples are indicative of the kind of proposals we have accepted in the past:

  • A dissertation of between 7,500 and 9,000 words (footnotes, bibliography and appendices are not included in this word count)
  • A high-quality audio or audio-visual recording of maximum 40 minutes with supplementary text of between 2,000-3,000 words
  • A 5,000-7,500 word website with supplementary text of between 2,000-3,000 words
  • A portfolio with supplementary text of between 2,000-3,000 words

You are also welcome to discuss your plans for your Research Project with the Head of Undergraduate Programmes prior to submitting your application.

Shortlisting and interview

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in July each year.

Your interview will include a detailed discussion of your Research Project proposal.

Application Fees

Applicants are required to pay an application fee of £50.