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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Conducting (Music) Singing (Choral)

Course type


Course Summary

This Choral Conducting PGDip course provides the technical training, collaborative opportunities and podium time necessary to launch a career as a professional conductor. Birmingham Conservatoire is currently the most exciting destination for choral conductors, with an active recording and concert schedule. You will work across the whole spectrum of the Conservatoire’s musical making, from core contemporary repertoire and student composition projects, through the central romantic and classic masterpieces back to period performance techniques. It's normal for conducting students to be proactive in presenting performances of projects that they've generated themselves. You will receive support and professional advice in pursuing such projects, which should be viewed as an essential element of your studies. It provides excellent opportunities to develop other skills relevant to a future career in the music profession. 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. It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Different course options

Full time | Royal Birmingham Conservatoire | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Career Development (20 Credits)
Principal Study 2 (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

UK students should normally hold an honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music; Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music. Students must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent in all four skills areas to secure a visa. They must have IELTS 6; or alternatively must have studied and completed a Bachelor’s degree in the UK.

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