Master of Music in Performance (Woodwind) MMus
Royal College Of Music
Key Course Facts
The Royal College of Music offers a diverse two-year Masters programme with multiple study routes, which allow students to work towards the qualification most suited to their needs. 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.
This course is also available on a part-time basis over 3 years upon request.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
English language requirements
|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||67||Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 67 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.|
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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.
Visa Requirements for International StudentsVisa requirement
All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.
International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.Permission to work while studying
Royal College of Music is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.
Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)
After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|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|
|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
October 1, 2023
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)
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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.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|International Music Management MA/MSc||University for the Creative Arts||-||-||-||-||-||-||Canterbury||On campus Full-time|
|Business & Management/Music MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||-||-||-||£27750||£70480||-||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Music Industry Professional Management MA (PG)||Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts||-||-||-||£10800||£13500||-||Liverpool||On campus Part-time|
|Classical Music Business MA (PG)||Middlesex University||-||-||-||£10000||£14000||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Music Business MA (PG)||University of Wales||-||-||-||£11300||-||-||Cardiff||On campus Full-time|
|Music Business Management MA||University of Westminster||-||-||-||-||-||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|International Music Management MA||University of Southampton||-||-||-||£9250||£21000||-||Southampton||On campus Full-time|
|MA Musical Leadership MA||York St John University||-||-||-||-||-||-||York||On campus Full-time|
|Music Business MA||Falmouth University||-||-||-||-||-||-||Falmouth||On campus Full-time|
|Music Industry Management and Artist Development MA||University of West London||-||-||-||-||-||-||Ealing||On campus Full-time|
|Cultural Heritage Management MA||The University of Sheffield||-||-||-||-||-||-||Sheffield||On campus Full-time|
|Cultural Heritage Management MA||The University of York||-||-||-||£8040||£18240||-||York||On campus Part-time|
|International Cultural Heritage Management MA||Durham University||-||-||-||£10800||£22100||-||Durham||On campus Full-time|
|Cultural Heritage and Resource Management MA||The University of Winchester||-||-||-||-||-||-||Winchester||On campus Part-time|
|Cultural Heritage Management MA||University of Lincoln||-||-||-||£9300||£16200||-||Lincoln||On campus Full-time|
|Master of Music in Performance (Woodwind) MMus||Royal College Of Music||-||-||-||-||-||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Fast-Track Master of Music in Performance (Woodwind) MMus||Royal College Of Music||-||-||-||-||-||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Musical Instrument Craft (Woodwind Making and Repair) BA (Hons)||Lincoln College||-||-||10%||£7999||£9500||-||Lincoln||On campus Full-time|
|Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies MA||Ulster University||-||-||10%||-||-||-||Coleraine||On campus Part-time|
|Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies MA||University of East Anglia||-||-||10%||£7850||£16400||-||Norwich||On campus Full-time|