Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Master of Arts (Accompaniment) MA (PG)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The MA degree is designed for students who wish to achieve a Masters level qualification in one year, with 180 SCQF credits at level 11 (90 ECTS credits). The programme runs full-time for three trimesters, 45 weeks in total, with the third trimester being dedicated to a largely independent project. 30 weeks of one-and-a half hour prinicpal study lessons are offered, to a total of 45 hours. (15 minutes a week extra may be allocated to related study, where appropriate).

Piano Accompaniment is a varied and challenging postgraduate programme, led by lecturer and piano accompanist, Scott Mitchell, alongside a team of highly experienced professional accompanists and chamber musicians. You will engage in a wide range of collaborative opportunities to prepare you for this demanding profession working with students and lecturers from all departments at RCS.

Developing core accompaniment skills form the foundation of the programme. In addition to the extensive development of standard accompaniment repertoire, additional supporting skills are also cultivated in weekly group classes including; sight-reading, orchestral reductions, transposition, figured bass, choral accompaniment, vocal and instrumental coaching and languages.

MA/MMus Accompanists also enjoy extensive performing opportunities, whether in concerts, competitions or accompanying students. The programme provides a wide range of choice for assessment, including studio recordings, commissions of new collaborative works, independent projects and full-length recitals.

Students who have graduated in this course have gone on to have professional careers as accompanists and work for a wide range of institutions and organisations throughout the world. Graduates also work in the fields of music education, arts management and administration, and music in the community, where an MMus degree is highly valued.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 60 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire.

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information -
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Master of Arts (Accompaniment), MA (PG).

Candidates for both the MMus and MA are normally expected to hold a good honours (at least 2:2) degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme.


Tuition Fees Master of Arts (Accompaniment) MA (PG)

Channel Islands £12945 year 1
Ireland £12945 year 1
England UK £12945 year 1
Scotland £12945 year 1
Wales £12945 year 1
Northern Ireland £12945 year 1
EU £22476 year 1
International £22476 year 1

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website -

Average student cost of living in the UK

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 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)

About Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Situated in the heart of Glasgow and dedicating itself to the arts of Drama, Music and Dance, we find the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The campus on Renfrew Street has been designed exclusively for those studying these art forms, meaning that those enrolling can expect to gain access to modern rehearsal rooms and recording studios, with all of the up-to-date materials and equipment that you need to advance in your area of interest.

Where is this programme taught

Main Site - 100 Renfrew Street
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