We usually ask for a good Honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in Music or a related subject with a substantial musical component. Degrees in other subjects will be considered where candidates have significant professional musical experience and relevant qualifications.
Your application should include a personal statement of approximately 5,000 characters. You should use your personal statement to explain why you are interested in studying this programme. In order to expedite processing, please clearly state the pathway to which you are applying within the first paragraph of your personal statement. For the Choral Conducting pathway, please also ensure that you are applying to the 'MA Music (with Performance)'.
All prospective students must also provide audition materials. Students from the United Kingdom are expected to audition in person, where possible. If you are unable to arrange an audition in person or are located overseas, you should submit video evidence to support your application. Please submit two videos - one video in a rehearsal setting and one of a recent public performance. Videos should be submitted online via YouTube/YouKu (preferred option) or DropBox.
Please adhere to the following guidelines for both videos:
- Each video should be 10 minutes in duration
- The camera should be facing you as conductor with your upper body and facial expressions visible
- You should show contrasting repertoire from the Western Classical Tradition
Where the audition is not taking place in person, videos should be submitted at the time of making your application, or uploaded within two weeks of submitting your application. If they are not provided within the stated timeframe your application may be declined.
Academic requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries - our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements: standard language requirements apply for this course - IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band, or PTE with 59 in all four skills. If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional Course - if you successfully complete the course, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without retaking a language qualification.
Learn more about international entry requirements