The Physics and Music Performance degree programme provides students with an opportunity to achieve a degree level education in both physics and music performance, delivered jointly by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music.
UCAS code F3W3
Start date September 2020
End date July 2024
Duration 4 years full-time
Students cover all the core material from the first two years of the Imperial BSc Physics degree, complete a project and take some elective modules, thus ensuring that they graduate as well-qualified physicists. In parallel students complete the main performance elements of the RCM BMus(Hons) degree on one Principal Study instrument.
The programme aims to prepare students for a professional career or further Masters level study in both disciplines.
Royal College of Music courses are internationally recognised as full degree courses with successful students awarded their qualifications under the RCM's Royal Charter.
Learning and teaching hours
BSc students can expect 6,180 hours of learning and teaching hours split between self-directed study and contact hours with tutors. Contact hours include performances, one-to-one tuition, larger group tuition, seminars, academic classes and lectures at Imperial College, faculty and academic classes at the RCM, directed rehearsals, masterclasses, competitions and supervised study. Rehearsal and performance contact time will vary according to each student’s discipline and chosen study options.
For more information about learning and teaching on the Imperial College component of the course, please visit their website.
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All offers for performers are made on the basis of their performance at audition.
The application deadline for September 2020 is 15 January 2020.
All candidates for the BSc in Physics and Musical Performance must apply to Imperial College London through UCAS (not UCAS Conservatoires). The Royal College of Music is unable to accept applications directly.
First you must apply to Imperial College through the UCAS system, addressing Physics in your personal statement. If your application is strong for Physics you will be invited in for an interview at Imperial College and an audition at the Royal College of Music. Imperial College Physics Department will liaise with the RCM to organise your audition and interview on the same day. We will then request you provide a personal statement outlining the following information:
- whether you are an instrumentalist or a composer (and if an instrumentalist, which instrument you play)
- when you started playing/composing
- any music qualifications you have achieved so far
- recent repertoire
More details, including current entry requirements, are available on the Imperial College website.
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Most auditions last approximately 20 minutes, but there are exceptions for some specialisms and at some venues. You can find out how long your audition will be by reading the full set of requirements for your chosen discipline(s).