Royal College Of Music
Fast-Track Master of Music in Performance (Woodwind) MMus
Royal College Of Music

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 75 graduates of Fast-Track Master of Music in Performance (Woodwind) MMus at Royal College Of Music for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21455 £18360 £22141
25-75 percentile range £17911 - £25024 £13492 - £22848 £16777 - £27979

Course Description

The Royal College of Music offers a diverse Masters programme with multiple study routes, which allow students to work towards the qualification most suited to their needs. Normally studied over two years, the MMus may also be studied on a fast-track basis over 12 months. The Master of Music (MMus) qualification develops students’ critical, analytical and research skills, as well as their ability to express themselves verbally to a high level. Such skills are particularly relevant for those who are interested in studying the background and context of the music they perform and analyse, and those who hope to teach or communicate about music beyond their principal study (for example as professional educators, facilitators or curators). This is in addition to continuing to develop students’ practical skills to a very high standard. The MMus can also provide the basis for further research through our Level 8 doctoral degrees.

The Woodwind Faculty and the wider RCM community foster a culture of nurturing all students in a supportive environment. You are encouraged to grow into a confident and imaginative performer, taking advantage of all the opportunities available to you. Our outstanding team of woodwind professors, many of whom hold principal positions in major orchestras, combine careers as eminent performers with a passion and dedication for teaching. In addition to their one-to-one lessons, our students enjoy regular performance and ensemble classes, chamber coaching, orchestral playing and masterclasses with distinguished international musicians.

RCM students enjoy a wide variety of performance opportunities as part of the College’s diverse performance calendar, which includes several hundred events per year. All woodwind students have the chance to play in our orchestras, which include the RCM Philharmonic, the RCM Symphony Orchestra and the RCM Opera Orchestra, with opportunities to work with some of the finest conductors in the world. We also have our own Wind Ensemble, which often commissions new works.

Most students have the option of taking a second study on this course. Second study allows students to receive tuition in a second specialism, taught and assessed at a lower intensity than their principal study, in an area that does not qualify for related study. Second study specialisms are subject to successful audition and the agreement of the relevant Head of Faculty. Auditions take place during the first few weeks of the course, and students will have the opportunity to register for these auditions shortly before the start of the academic year. There is no need to inform the RCM at the point of application.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Fast-Track Master of Music in Performance (Woodwind) MMus at Royal College Of Music

40% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
35% Business and Financial Project Management Professionals
5% Media Professionals
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Sports and fitness occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Information Technology Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 7

Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 5.5 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.

PTE Academic 76

Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 59 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.

Trinity ISE

Trinity ISE III certificate. Must include a pass in all components.

Cambridge English Advanced

Overall score of 180-200, with no less than 160 in any component. For tests sat before January 2015 we require an overall pass at Grade B OR Grade C and at least ‘borderline’ in all four components.

TOEFL (iBT) 95

Overall score of 95, with minimum component scores of: Reading -24, Listening -22, Speaking -25, Writing -24

The Royal College of Music has a long tradition of welcoming international students from all over the world. Our broad community of staff and students makes the RCM an exciting and diverse hub of musical activity. Almost half of our students are from outside the UK, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The application process is the same for students of all nationalities, however deadlines may differ for some of our overseas audition venues.

The RCM is able to support many students with scholarships thanks to the generosity of charitable trusts, companies, businesses, individual members of the public and legacies. Any student who auditions will automatically be considered for a scholarship or study award. There is no separate application process. Scholarships are awarded on merit based on performance at audition.
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Fast-Track Master of Music in Performance (Woodwind), MMus, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

An undergraduate degree or an equivalent international qualification, usually in music. Any offer of a place on this course will be conditional on submission of two recent examples of extended written work in English of a satisfactory standard.


Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

October 2, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About Royal College Of Music

The Royal College of Music is a music academy that has enjoyed conservatoire status since the year 1882, and can be found in the London district of South Kensington, England. Students at this college have the opportunity to form a part of an enthusiastic group of talented performers, studying just opposite from the world- famous Royal Albert Hall. Whether it’s jazz, orchestra, or opera singing that moves you musically, the Royal College of Music provides exceptional tuition in all areas.

List of 27 Bachelor and Master Courses from Royal College Of Music - Course Catalogue

Student composition of Royal College Of Music


Where is this programme taught

Main Site
map marker Show on map

Similar courses

Program University Student satis­faction Unem­ployed Drop­out Tuition (UK) Tuition (Inter­national) UCAS Tariff City
Computing and Music MA (Hons) University of Aberdeen 67% 20% 3% £9250 £21900 £20800 159 Aberdeen On campus Full-time
Music with Innovation MArts (Hons) University of Bristol - 0% 5% £9250 £29300 172 Bristol On campus Full-time
History of Art and History of Music MA (Hons) The University of Edinburgh - - - £9250 £26500 - Edinburgh On campus Full-time
Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems MEng (Hons) The University of York - - - £9250 £28800 - York On campus Full-time
French with Music Studies (5 yrs) MA (Hons) University of Aberdeen 80% 10% 0% £9250 £21900 £20800 176 Aberdeen On campus Full-time
English with Music Studies MA (Hons) University of Aberdeen 85% 5% 5% £9250 £21900 £20800 171 Aberdeen On campus Full-time
Spanish and Latin American Studies with Music Studies MA (Hons) University of Aberdeen 80% 5% 0% £9250 £21900 £20800 180 Aberdeen On campus Full-time
French with Music Studies MA (Hons) University of Aberdeen 80% 10% 0% £9250 £21900 £20800 176 Aberdeen On campus Full-time
German with Music Studies (5 yrs) MA (Hons) University of Aberdeen 80% 5% 15% £9250 £21900 £20800 170 Aberdeen On campus Full-time
History with Music Studies MA (Hons) University of Aberdeen 91% 0% 1% £9250 £21900 £20800 169 Aberdeen On campus Full-time