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Applying for more than one course

Two RCM clarinet players rehearsing together
Some applicants may want to be considered for more than one course, more than one principal study specialism or may be unsure which course best suits their academic background. 

In most cases it is only necessary for candidates to submit one application, even if they want to be considered for more than one course, since most candidates will only need one audition and therefore only need to pay the audition fee once.

You are only required to submit more than one application if the courses/specialisms you are interested in have separate application/audition processes.

The examples below should help you decide how many applications you need to make:

One application

  • BMus applicant interested in Joint Principal Study (two specialisms studied at equal intensity). You can select two principal studies in your UCAS Conservatoires application and will have two auditions. You will be charged the higher joint principal study assessment fee.
  • Vocal applicant who is unsure whether to choose the GradDip in Vocal Performance or the MPerf/MMus(Perf). We normally recommend you apply for the MPerf or MMus(Perf) in the first instance. You will only have one audition, where you can discuss the most suitable course for you. 
  • Performance Masters applicant who is unsure whether to choose the MPerf or MMus(Perf) pathway. We normally recommend you apply for the MMus(Perf) pathway in the first instance. You will only have one audition, where you can discuss the most suitable pathway for you. 
  • Composition Masters applicant who is unsure whether to choose the MComp or MMus(Comp) pathway. We normally recommend you apply for the MMus(Comp) pathway in the first instance. You will only have one portfolio assessment (and interview if shortlisted, where you can discuss the most suitable pathway for you). 

Two applications

  • Performance Masters applicant unsure of their preferred principal study and wishing to be considered for two different principal studies (e.g. Piano and Conducting). You will be assessed by two separate panels.
  • Composition Masters applicant unsure of their preferred principal study and wishing to be considered for both Composition and Composition for Screen. You will be required to submit two separate portfolios and will be interviewed by two separate panels if shortlisted. If you are also unsure about your preferred Masters pathway, we suggest you apply for the MMus(Comp) with principal study Composition and for the MMus(Comp) with principal study Composition for Screen at this stage. Do not submit four applications as you will be charged four times for only two assessments!
  • Postgraduate applicant interested in more than one of our Masters programmes, e.g. the Masters Programme in Performance and the MSc in Performance Science. The application requirements are different for these courses and you will be assessed by different panels.

If you are still unsure, or would like to discuss which course/pathway/study option is most suitable for you, you are encouraged to contact our friendly Admissions team who will be happy to advise you.

Admissions

Admissions and general audition enquiries

admissions@rcm.ac.uk

Choosing the right postgraduate course for you:

Graduate Diploma or Masters Programme for Vocalists

Graduate Diploma vs Masters for vocalists

If you are a vocal applicant and unsure whether you are ready for our Masters Programme, we recommend contacting the Vocal & Opera Faculty for advice before applying.

If you are still unsure, please apply for the Masters and indicate that you are also willing to be considered for the Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance in your personal statement. If your application is successful, you will be offered a place on the course that we feel best suits your needs.

Do not submit two applications, as you will be charged twice and will only have one audition.

Masters Qualifications and Study Routes

The RCM's Masters programme for performers and composers offers two different study routes, which lead to different degree qualifications. 

The Master of Performance (MPerf) and Master of Composition (MComp) route develops your performance or composition skills to a high professional level through intensive training.

The Master of Music (MMusPerf/MMusComp) route augments MPerf/MComp study with two additional research-led modules, which are designed to train your critical, analytical and research skills, as well as your ability to express yourself verbally to a high level. Owing to the additional emphasis on research, the MMus is a more intensive undertaking that also requires an ability to speak and write confidently in English.

Find out more about the Master of Music in Performance

Find out more about the Master of Music in Composition

If you are not sure which Masters qualification is best for you, please only submit one application. We recommend applying for the MMus initially, which has higher academic entry requirements. You are then welcome to discuss your options at your audition. You may be accepted on the MPerf/MComp route instead.

If you are offered a place on the MMus and, prior to beginning your studies, decide the MPerf/MComp better suits your interests, you can switch routes. You may also be able to transfer from the MMus to the MPerf/MComp route when you start the Masters Programme in September, although we recommended making a final decision before arriving at the RCM, especially if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.