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Music / Instrumental and Vocal Performance / Composition / Music Technology - BMus

Achieve the extraordinary. Study at the conservatoire of the future. We have invested £57 million into our impressive state-of-the-art music facilities with the aim of creating functional spaces that combine tradition with cutting edge technology....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.


Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • School Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

Overview

Achieve the extraordinary. Study at the conservatoire of the future.

We have invested £57 million into our impressive state-of-the-art music facilities with the aim of creating functional spaces that combine tradition with cutting edge technology. The focus of our undergraduate music course is to help you realise your potential and become the best musician that you can be, with the support of an encouraging creative environment. 

With individual specialist tuition throughout all four years of the course you will get the individual attention you need to prepare for a successful career in the music profession. You can also apply for additional hours with a Conservatoire tutor of your choice to help support your studies and develop your skills in complementary areas. Our students benefit from the individual care and attention of our highly qualified professional team of tutors and support staff, who are dedicated to supporting and developing the potential of each student.

Students studying on our BMus degree in music apply to one of three pathways; either BMus (Hons) Performance (instrumental or vocal), BMus (Hons) Composition, or BMus (Hons) Music Technology. 

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This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

In addition to benefiting from individual tuition, you will enjoy a range of activities designed to develop your artistry, musical fluency and personal and professional awareness.

You will find yourself immersed in masterclasses and performance and composition workshops.  Individual ensemble coaching and playing and teaching techniques complete the picture, helping you to become a well-rounded musician.

Top-flight singers and musicians – including baritone Roderick Williams, violinist Tasmin Little OBE, cellist Ben Davies, soprano Danielle de Niese and pianist Stephen Hough – are among musicians who have worked with and inspired our students.

Towards the end of your course, you will carry out a major project, which allows you to explore a specialism and format which matches your professional aspirations. This can be anything connected to music, from performance to business projects and  dissertations to multi-media installations.

Academically, you will explore themes such as musicianship, music history and professional development. As well as getting a thorough grounding in technical and performance skills with an emphasis on harmony and aural training, you will cover topics such as education and outreach work, conducting and world music.

Alistair Rutherford

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with this course! Our music provision received an overall satisfaction rating of 92%, making us the top conservatoire in the UK for the third year running!
  • Our performance health programme — including performance coaching, physiotherapy, movement workshops and Alexander technique classes — allows students to develop as confident and effective performers.
  • Individual specialist tuition throughout all four years of the course – far more than is typically offered by academic university music courses. You can also apply for additional hours with a Conservatoire tutor of your choice to help support your studies and develop your skills in complementary areas.
  • We are recognised by the Association of European Conservatoires. All our tutors are professional musicians who bring a lifetime of musical experience and insight to their teaching.
  • We have countless partnerships and long-established professional relationships with organisations including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Swan and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • You will have full access to our superb £57 million facilities. These include our wonderful performance spaces: the 500-seat Bradshaw Concert Hall, the 150-seat Recital Hall, our black-box performance space known as “The Lab”, the Organ Studio, and our fabulous Eastside Jazz Club. We’ve not even mentioned our seven recording studios and more than 70 practice rooms, ensemble rooms and workshops in addition; all acoustically designed to provide a music-making environment that is absolutely world-class.
  • In 2018/19 our musicians collectively earned over £43,000 by being hired to play at events through our Book a Musician service.

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Entry Requirements

For insurance purposes, you must be at least 18 years of age by 1 September in the year of enrolment. Normally, you should satisfy one of the following:

Essential Requirements

Applications for this course are made via UCAS Conservatoires

Entry to the BMus (Hons) is by audition only. Applicants will be required to demonstrate general musical knowledge and musicianship skills, including harmony and aural. Audition requirements differ per instrument/specialism applied for.

Composition - Composers must send a portfolio of at least three compositions and a high-quality recording of at least one of these works at least two weeks before their audition date.

LEVEL 2 QUALIFICATIONS
GCSE
  • Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above one of which MUST include English Language
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
Scottish National 5
  • English Language at grade C or above
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
IELTS Minimum overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.
Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) Qualifications
A Level and Advanced VCE
  • EE / 32 UCAS points
  • A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.
AS and AS VCE Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 32 pts
Access to HE Diploma
  • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3.
  • Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2002 – 2010)
PPP
Foundation Studies (Art and Design, and Art, Design & Media) Pass
IBO Certificate in Higher Level
  • Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 8 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted
  • Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted
Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 32 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP
Scottish Advanced Higher
  • Achieve a minimum of 32 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
  • Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD
  • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
T-Levels Pass overall (D or E on the core)
UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design Pass overall
UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology Pass overall
UAL Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts Pass overall

We are committed to encouraging diversity within our student community and welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications to apply and audition for our BMus (Hons) Music course. In addition to the academic qualifications listed above, we will also consider UCAS tariff points obtained through the following music qualifications:

  • Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) qualifications at grades 6 to 8 in Music Theory and Practical & Performance.
  • Trinity College London’s Level 3 qualifications (Grades 6 to 8) in Music Performance and Theory.

For full details, audition requirements and audition advice, please visit the Auditions section of the Conservatoire website.

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: BMus

Starting: Sep 2021

Pathway: Composition

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Pathway: Music Technology

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Pathway: Performance

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Award: BMus

Starting: Sep 2021

Pathway: Composition

  • Mode
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Award: BMus

Starting: Sep 2021

Pathway: Music Technology

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  • Duration
  • Fees

Award: BMus

Starting: Sep 2021

Pathway: Performance

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£150 free credit (home/EU students only)

For 2021 entry, all new home/EU undergraduate students will receive £150 worth of free credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Project materials (mandatory)

This course includes project work that requires you to develop and produce a portfolio or collection. You'll be expected to provide the materials for use in your individual major projects; costs will vary depending on the materials selected.

Specialist equipment (mandatory)

Whilst access to large instruments (e.g. pianos, drum kits) is provided, it is assumed that all students will have their own "portable" instrument (e.g. saxophone, trombone, etc.) with them.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Placement expenses (optional)

If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

DBS Certificate (optional)

You will need to cover the cost of a DBS Certificate should you need one for the optional pedagogy modules.

Instrument maintenance (optional)

Musicians are expected to cover day to day costs relating to their Principal Study discipline, e.g. keeping your instrument in good working order, replacing consumables, e.g. strings/reeds. It may also be necessary to purchase software or scores, for example.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The deadline for on-time applications is normally on or around 1 October in the year prior to entry, followed by auditions in November (for those attending an audition in Birmingham). If you apply between 1 October and 4 January, you may be eligible for our late auditions in February, if places are still available. For detailed information, see our How to Apply section.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Course in Depth

Year one

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete one of the following principal study modules and all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the first of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Performance, leading eventually to the Final Recital in year four. As such, it is therefore the first stage in realising course aims 1, 2 and 4 (Pursuing excellence; practice-led, knowledge applied; employability) in preparing musicians for the profession; nurturing their creativity as performers; and developing high standards of musicianship and technique. 

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the first of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Performance, leading eventually to the Final Recital in year four. As such, it is therefore the first stage in realising course aims 1, 2 and 4 (Pursuing excellence; practice-led, knowledge applied; employability) in preparing musicians for the profession; nurturing their creativity as performers; and developing high standards of musicianship and technique. 

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the first of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Composition, leading eventually to the Final Portfolio in year four. As such, it is therefore the first stage in realising course aims 1, 2 and 4 (Pursuing excellence; practice-led, knowledge applied; employability) in preparing musicians for the profession; nurturing their creativity as performers; and developing high standards of musicianship and technique. 

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the first of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Music Technology, leading eventually to the Final Portfolio in year four. As such, it is therefore the first stage in realising course aims 1, 2 and 4 (Pursuing excellence; practice-led, knowledge applied; employability) in preparing musicians for the profession; nurturing their creativity as performers; and developing high standards of musicianship and technique. 

Central to the course philosophy is the ideal of the informed musician: an intelligent listener who is able to understand, analyse and evaluate what is being heard. For context, this module begins with a study of ancient Western Art music, but rapidly moves to a focus on music which might best be described as stemming from the Age of Common Practice — that is from roughly 1650CE to 1900CE — the period in which tonality may be said to have triumphed.

A central principle behind the course philosophy is to create informed musicians who are able to make educated choices about their own practice. An awareness of different performance styles and traditions is therefore crucial not only to all performers, but also to composers, who can draw on this knowledge in their own compositions. The relationship between composer and performer in music dating from c. 1600-1900 is explored by considering the extent to which performers were expected to interpret written scores. 

Within the modern profession, most musicians will spend a proportion of their time working in educational and community outreach contexts, presenting live music/composition workshops and/or interactive performances in settings away from the formal concert platform, in venues such as schools, hospitals, care homes, and rehabilitation centres. This module aims to give you a practical and theoretical introduction to the wide range of music activities taking place in community/education settings and therefore represents an aspect of preparing you for the profession as well as guiding you in your career aspirations by familiarising you with this important area of potential employment.

Year two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete one of the following principal study modules and all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the second of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Performance, leading eventually to the Final Recital in year four.

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the second of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Performance, leading eventually to the Final Recital in year four.

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the second of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Composition, leading eventually to the Final Portfolio in year four.

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the second of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Music Technology, leading eventually to the Final Portfolio in year four.

Building on the core skills developed at Level 4, this module improves this understanding by following the same three complementary strands: historical awareness, aural perception and harmonic understanding. Students will continue to develop aural perception skills at a deeper level: pulse may become flexible, rhythm more complex, pitch and harmony more layered. Dynamics, style, texture, timbre and form also change dramatically and by including extended techniques and non-tonal approaches, the lexicon of music is widened enormously. Having established a secure grasp of the underlying principles of tonal harmony at level 4, they will now learn to apply such learning through the lens of stylistic awareness, investigating various genres such as the trio sonata, the string quartet, and voice and piano.

This module builds upon the principles and skills introduced in Performance Traditions 1. The philosophy of informed musicians (including performers, composers, and music technologists) who can make educated choices about their own practice is extended in this module to explore a wider range (than that covered in PT1) of performance issues relevant to both historical and contemporary musical idioms/ styles [course aim 1]. In keeping with the course philosophy, this module responds to the principle that the modern, informed performer must be aware of performance practices (both past and present) and be able to contextualise these in relation to relevant source materials and evidence (including scores/ notation, recordings, and other written or verbal forms of performance practice documentation).

The course’s primary aim, central to its philosophy, is to equip students for a career in the music profession. Many Conservatoire graduates will teach as part of their professional life, and in the second year of the course you will study the pedagogical aspects of your principal-study discipline as an important aspect of preparing you for the profession. This will equip you with additional skills which are likely to prove useful in your future musical career.

Year three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete one of the following Principal Study modules and all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the last of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Performance, leading eventually to the Final Recital in the year four. 

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the last of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Performance, leading eventually to the Final Recital in the year four. 

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the last of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Composition, leading eventually to the Final Portfolio in the year four. 

This module lies at the heart of the course and of the learning experience for students on the performance pathway. It is the last of a suite of principal study modules undertaken in each of the first three years of the BMus (Hons) Music Technology, leading eventually to the Final Portfolio in the year four. 

In this module, students choose two specialist areas of study, one in each semester, the topics being offered reflecting the research enthusiasms of the staff, so engaging students with areas of learning led by the research and performance practice of their tutors. Central to the course philosophy is the ideal of the informed musician, one who is able to employ both advanced skills and knowledge in the advancement of their musical career. Performers and composers require a variety of specialist musicianship skills in order to support and enhance their professional development and employability as individual practitioners, and this module supports the course philosophy by enabling students to study specific areas of music in depth and detail.

In this module, students choose two specialist areas of study, the topics being offered reflecting the research enthusiasms of the staff, so engaging students with areas of learning led by the research of their tutors. Central to the course philosophy is the ideal of the informed musician, one who is able to employ both advanced skills and knowledge in the advancement of their musical career. Performers and composers require a deep understanding of music’s contexts in order to develop an informed understanding of their own relationship to specific performing and composing traditions and practices, and this module supports the course philosophy by enabling students to study specific areas of music in depth and detail.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.

The module is an opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills of collaboration by enabling you to create an interdisciplinary project with students from complementary disciplines, or with academic staff. Collaboration is a vital employability skill within the Creative Industries and this module allows you to develop these skills, making use of University facilities and with the support of academic staff. Within this module framework, several kinds of collaborative opportunities are available. For example, with the approval of your supervisor, you can determine a project based on your own interests; your supervisor may set you a predetermined project to enable you to work with other students in a way that is appropriate to your subject area; or there may be opportunities for you to collaborate with staff on research projects. In all cases, you must apply your subject skills to an interdisciplinary project which will be agreed in advance with your supervisor.

This module provides an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and skills to an external, professional brief. The brief will be set by an external client/ agency, in consultation with your supervisor, and it could be a ‘real life’ problem to be solved, or a simulation. It is an opportunity for you to engage in a professional manner with an aspect of your subject area, which contributes to the development of employability skills within the supportive infrastructure of the University. Where appropriate, the project may involve interdisciplinary collaboration with students from other courses. In this way, it reflects the collaborative, flexible nature of employment within the Creative Industries.

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop professional attributes and subject skills through experience in the work place, and to critically reflect upon your learning in that context. You will normally be expected to arrange your own placement, with support from academic staff and ADM Careers+.

Core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Year four

In Year four, all students will select a total of 120 credits which must include one module from List A (Principal Study), one module from List B (Project) at least 20 and no more than 40 credits from list C (indicative list of optional modules).

List A: Principal Study

  • Final Recital (40): 40 credits
  • Final Recital (60): 60 credits
  • Final Composition Portfolio (40): 40 credits
  • Final Composition Portfolio (60): 60 credits
  • Final Music Technology Portfolio (40): 40 credits
  • Final Music Technology Portfolio (60): 60 credits

List B: Project

  • Final Project (40): 40 credits
  • Final Project (60): 60 credits
  • Major Project: 40 credits

List C: Options

  • Further pedagogy: 20 credits
  • Music, Community and Wellbeing: 20 credits
  • Language of Music: Specialisms 2: 20 credits
  • Contextual Studies: Specialisms 2: 20 credits
  • Professional development: 20 credits
  • Work Placement: 20 credits

Core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Course Structure

Years one to three

We concentrate on providing you with a thorough grounding in technical and performance/ composition skills, alongside contextual studies, musicianship and professional development activities such as conducting, pedagogy and community music. Each year, you have more choice and opportunities to specialise in your studies.

Professional development is embedded into our core modules, which focus on self-awareness, understanding your strengths and weakness, goal setting and self-motivation.

The Conservatoire participates in a number of exchange schemes with European and US Conservatoires. Provided that you achieve the appropriate levels of skills, you will be encouraged to spend a semester of year three at a partner institution.

Year 4

You will effectively design your own curriculum based on your career aspirations. You will be assessed on performance, composition or music technology (as appropriate) and design your own final project in any area of music you wish. You will take one or more additional modules in professional development, pedagogy or other specialist areas.

Student stories

Samantha-Oxborough-BMus

Samantha Oxborough

Lancashire born twenty-five year old Mezzo Soprano Samantha Oxborough is a recent graduate from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a Post-Graduate Certificate and a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours under Christine Cairns and David Wilkinson. In 2019, Samantha moved to London and joined the Young Artist Programme at the National Opera Studio.

Emily-Abdy-BMus

Emily Abdy

Emily graduated from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in music composition in 2019 and has continued at RBC to study for her Master’s. As well as creating new music, she runs a YouTube channel and researches film music.

Find out more about Emily 

Employability

Enhance Employability Skills

All of the UK's Conservatoires aim to do the same thing: to train students for the music profession with the emphasis firmly on your principal study, whether that is in performance, composition or music technology.

As a vocational programme, it is easy to see how all your principal-study work adds to your professional development. Yet Royal Birmingham Conservatoire believes other areas of the course are just as important: the skills in writing, research, communication and critical and reflective thinking that you develop in the academic modules are exactly the types of graduate skills that make you more employable in any area of professional life, musical or otherwise.

Team working and collaborative skills are highly valued in the profession as a whole and are particularly important in any musical context, and you will have opportunities to work as part of team and ensembles across all areas of the course. Equally, you will have opportunities to develop your ability to work under your own direction, whether that is through the individual time spent practising, researching and writing essays and presentations, or working on personal development projects.

The course is designed so that we can guide you through these developments in the early years, give you the ability to reflect on what you have already learned and, most importantly, what you still need to learn. Taking charge of your own development as a musician enables you to work more independently in the later years and provides an employability skill set vital to your continuing professional life.

Placements

There are variety of extracurricular schemes that take students out of the Conservatoire and into the professional world. Numerous professional engagements for students are administered through the Conservatoire’s Book a Musician service, which provides direct experience of paid professional work.

We also run a number of placement schemes. These include long-running schemes with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  (CBSO), the Orchestra of the Swan, and the Welsh National Opera where students participate actively or as observers; a collaboration with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) which gives composition students the opportunity to have their music played by experienced professionals who also give feedback; and many other partnerships with organisations including:

  • BBC Radio 3
  • Welsh National Opera
  • Arco Project
  • Leamington Festival
  • THSH
  • Birmingham Cathedral
  • St Chads
  • Birmingham Opera Company
  • Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Dudley Arts
  • Heartlands Hospital
  • Birmingham Music Service
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Jazzlines
  • Town Hall Symphony Hall

and for pedagogy/education specific projects:

  • Music in Hospitals and Care
  • Air Arts, Derby Royal Hospital
  • Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Elmhurst Ballet School
  • Services for Education Music Service
  • Sandwell Music Service
  • Warwick School
  • Calthorpe Academy
  • In Harmony

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Facilities and Staff

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s £57 million music building opened in September 2017, and is located on Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus in the Eastside ‘learning quarter’ of the city.

This brand new music facility include five public performance venues – a 500 seat Concert Hall, 150 seat Recital Hall, Organ Studio, Eastside Jazz Club and the experimental black box performance venue known as The Lab. As well as these stunning performance venues, we have nearly 100 practice spaces; including 70 small practice rooms and larger ensemble rooms and workshops.

Our new home is the first conservatoire built in the digital age, and as such it has been vital to ensure that the technical infrastructure installed is on par with any advanced commercial facility. We have seven recording studios, a mastering suite, a distance learning hub, and all of our performance venues feature high specification audio-visual equipment that enables interconnectivity and advanced functionality throughout the building.

These impressive modern facilities guarantee that we are excel in our unique dual purpose of providing the highest standard of music education deserved by our students, as well as meeting our role as a concert and performance venue for the people of Birmingham; taking our place in the vibrant cultural landscape of the UK’s second city.