M.A. PGDIP/MA/MMus Orchestral Conducting

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Application deadline: 1 October
Tuition fee:
  • € 10,153 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,153 / 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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Key Features * Conducting technique class involving the study and practice of technique away from the orchestra
* Workshops in keyboard skills and score-reading
* Observation and participation in RWCMD orchestral rehearsals
* Rehearsal analysis tutorials
* Observation of conductors within a professional context
* Opportunities to direct RWCMD ensembles, rehearsals and productions
* Opportunities to conduct self-promoted student performances
* Performance classes, usually in the company of students from a range of disciplines
* Full programme of orchestral concerts

Key Features of all Postgraduate 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 (MMus only)
* 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


Courses * Orchestral Conducting 1
* Orchestral Conducting 2
* The Professional Musician
* Advanced Performance Analysis
* Research Project Or Reflecting on Performance

Optional Modules * Advanced Teaching Skills
* Arts Management in Practice
* Vocational Project
* Presenting at Conference
* Individual Project


Entry to the postgraduate music programmes is by audition (or by interview for Composition and Creative Audio and New Media applicants). Candidates should be able to demonstrate a level of performance ability appropriate for professional training. Composition applicants will be asked to send examples of their creative work to discuss at interview.

Minimum entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in music (2:1 or higher for Masters applicants) or an equivalent qualification. Candidates who have been studying or working in another field will be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 527
TOEFL iBT® test: 71

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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