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Located in the great city of Birmingham and making use of the specialist facilities we have on offer, our provision across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses is designed to prepare you for the modern profession and all its challenges. We put employability and entrepreneurship centre stage, and provide a platform from which successful and sustainable careers can be launched.

We’re passionate about empowering our students to reach their full potential, regardless of background or previous experience. Indeed, we define ourselves by our nurturing, supportive approach: we get to know every one of our students as individuals, and help guide them to discover, develop and pursue their own personal strengths and enthusiasms.


Become the best musician you can possibly be, with world-class tuition and facilities. With a history dating back to 1859, the Conservatoire has a longstanding reputation for producing high calibre graduates who fulfil their creative and professional aspirations.

Music at RBC


With roots as a drama school going back to 1936, we retain the professional outlook and commitment to contemporary training that has seen our drama provision consistently rated amongst the best in the UK.

Acting at RBC

Student information

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is part of Birmingham City University. This means that you benefit from the wide range of activities, services and support that are in place to serve the university’s 24,000 students.

Student information

The Conservatoire of the future

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s £57 million teaching and performance facility is the first of its kind in the digital age and is the perfect fusion of traditional and contemporary.

Featuring 9,000 sq m of purpose-designed teaching, rehearsal and state of the art performance space, it offers world-class facilities for our students.

What's on

From great music to captivating speakers, there's something for everyone on the BCU events calendar.

Events calendar


Check out our blog where we share our experiences, stories and the latest news from our Music and Acting Departments.

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The RBC round-up

Find out what's been going on at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire this month.

RBC Round-up


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s £57 million teaching and performance facility offers unrivalled opportunities for our students.

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Our staff

Around 50 full-time members of staff (including support staff) and nearly 200 visiting specialist tutors work at the Conservatoire. This means that for roughly every two students there is one member of staff.

Our staff

Our graduates

Our graduates at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire go on to a variety of exciting and successful careers. We hope their stories inspire you.

Our graduates


Much of our research work, beyond the major Funded Projects, tends to cluster into informal groupings.

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Learn and Participate

We work regularly in partnership with music hubs, schools and community organisations to deliver a range of opportunities including instrument specific events, workshops, masterclasses and coaching sessions.

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ARCO project

Arco provides regular distance-learning opportunities for talented children in South Africa, who do not have access to the same level of musical education as students in the UK.

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BBC Young Musician of the Year

Music student celebrates ‘the versatility of percussion’ following BBC Young Musician win.

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Find your home from home at BCU. We offer eight halls of residence options, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

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Read our admission FAQs to get your application questions answered. If your question isn’t covered, we have all the details of how to get in touch.

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Student Support

From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

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Social Media

Follow our social media channels and discover more about life at BCU, including what the University and city will offer you if you study here.

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Open Days

When possible, the best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person, and we host a number of Open Days throughout the year. Come and be taught by our trailblazing academics and study in our innovative £340m facilities.

Open days