M.A. Orchestral Performance (PGDIP/MA/MMus)

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Application deadline: Please contact us directly for advice on late applications
Tuition fee:
  • € 9,620 / Year (EEA)
  • € 19,020 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Orchestral Performance programmes are available as MMus, MA and Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) awards on the following instruments; Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Horn (French), Oboe, Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani, Trombone (Bass), Trombone (Tenor), Trumpet and Tuba.

Key Features of the Orchestral Performance Programmes
* Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
* Participation in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and/or Welsh National Opera placement schemes
* Mentoring scheme with industry professionals
* Orchestral and sectional rehearsal and performance opportunities at RWCMD
* Specialist, advanced orchestral repertoire performance tuition
* Advanced tuition available in supporting areas such as Alexander Technique, doubling instrument, end-of-line instruments and period instruments
* Professional accompaniment provision


Key Features of all Programmes
* Two year, full time programmes starting in September
* One year intensive programmes available in some cases
* Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
* Training in career development, self-promotion, event management and sustainable technique
* International masterclass series
* Fully integrated performance programme by international artists
* Performance Practice training supported by seminars, tutorials and symposia
* Training in performance analysis and presentation (MA and MMus)
* Advanced research and specialist performance analysis training (MMus only)
* Established work placement schemes
* Optional training in advanced teaching skills and arts management
* Opportunities to study abroad at a partner conservatoire


The college awards a number of scholarships (including entrance scholarships for musicians) worth between £500 and £15,000 per year. You do not need to apply for a scholarship - the college will consider the eligibility of all candidates based on their performance at audition and throughout their programme of study.

The RWCMD Scholarship Programme is supported by:

* The Leverhulme Trust
* The Wolfson Foundation
* Richard Carne Trust
* EMI Music Sound Foundation
* D'Oyly Carte Trust
* Welsh Livery Guild
* Sophie Silver Lining Trust
* Joseph Strong Fraser Charitable Trust
* David Seligman OBE FRWCMD and Philippa Seligman

RWCMD Access Bursary

The bursary is available for students who will start the 1st year of undergraduate studies in 2013/14 and students who started their 1st year of undergraduate studies in September 2012 and are returning to their second year of study.

To qualify you must be offered and accept a guaranteed place at RWCMD. You must also be a Home, UK student with a confirmed household income of £19,000* or less. The amount available is £350* (*these are 2012/13 figures and are likely to change for 2013/14).

The bursary is payable in one sum in term 3, after a students term 3 attendance has been confirmed.

How to Apply

When you apply for your Student Funding from Student Finance Wales / England / Northern Ireland / Scotland (SAAS) the information you provide in your application is used to assess your eligibility, you must have consented to share your information with Universities. If you meet the above criteria; and have supplied approved evidence of your household income in completing your student finance application and NOT opting out of agreeing to share information, your Access Bursary will be assessed automatically, and you will not need to take any further action. If you need to check if you have agreed to share information you should contact the Student Loans Company directly.

How the Bursary is Paid

Students from England and Wales:

Students awarded the bursary will receive a confirmation letter usually in the middle of term 3, and the funds will be transferred into the students bank account by the Student Loan Compnany, shortly after receiving the letter, in term 3.

Students from Scotland and Northern Ireland:

Payment will not be generated automatically by Studnet Loan Company (SLC), but the college will make payment on review of the list of eligible students as provided by SLC.

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