12 months
24100 GBP/year
11300 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Support your developing career as a professional performer with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's post-Masters, Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance. Professional Performance - AdvPgDip (post-Masters level 8) is provided by Birmingham City University.


What's covered in the course?

  • Develops your already advanced skills with high-quality tuition and professional performance opportunities.
  • Leads to a practical and performance-focused post-masters level qualification.
  • Helps support and advance your career as a professional musician or performer.
  • Gives you access to specialist, experienced tutors.
  • Provides numerous performance opportunities at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, including ensembles, coaching workshops and masterclasses.
  • Makes use of our excellent links with organisations such as City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Bach Choir, Ex Cathedra, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, and Orchestra of the Swan via our professional schemes.
  • Enables you to be part of a small cohort of colleagues who are also at the high, professional standard required to be admitted to this course, which is limited to a small number of students per year.Professional Performance - AdvPgDip (post-Masters level 8) is provided by Birmingham City University.
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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Instrumental Performance     
  • Vocal Performance 
  • Collaborative Piano  
  • Chamber Music 
  • Opera Repetiteur
  • Choral Conducting

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications will be considered at any time up until the course start date.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A postgraduate degree/diploma, normally (but not necessarily) specialising in performance or
  • Substantial, verifiable public performance experience at an appropriate level.
  • You'll need to demonstrate that you're able to perform to an appropriately advanced level.
  • The subsequent discussion will explore your musical interests and aspirations.
  • You'll also need to demonstrate an awareness of what is required of the performer wishing to forge a successful professional career in the 21st century, as well as an open mind about developing your own portfolio of relevant skills and experiences.
  • Bring a copy of the score for each work/movement you perform at audition.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11300 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part Time -TBC

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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