Studying as a Postgraduate

Which postgraduate qualification is right for you?

A postgraduate course at Birmingham Conservatoire will equip you well for life in the professional world. But which one should you choose? There are a number of qualifications to choose from.

Master of Music (MMus)

Operates over two years full-time or three years part-time (though the latter is not available for Orchestral Performers).

It's also available as a 12-month intensive programme if you're appropriately qualified.

Our Masters programmes allow you to place your first-study work in a broader context, and thus require you to take a number of additional modules designed to enhance your knowledge and expertise as an all-round musician. You may choose from a wide range of options.

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance

Can be taken over four terms (September Year 1 to December Year 2) full-time or over two years part-time.

Ideal if you already have a Masters-level qualification in a first-study area (or the equivalent experience), and are on the verge of a professional performance career.

At the heart of the course are three public performances, usually scheduled in the Conservatoire’s Adrian Boult Hall. These are supported by relevant professional development activities.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)

Taken over one year, whether as a part-time or full-time course; the key difference between these modes of study is the amount of time you are expected to commit to your course.

The programme focuses entirely on your first-study area and associated professional development activities.

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

Works as either a one-year full-time course, or a two-year part-time course.

This course focuses mainly on your first-study area and associated professional development activities, alongside a single ‘academic’ module designed to support your work in your first-study.

Browse our postgraduate courses