Royal College of Music

Course Introduction

Please apply for this BMus (Hons) course if your principal study is composition.

Undergraduate study at the Royal College of Music balances high'level training in solo, chamber and ensemble performance with critical enquiry into music past and present. Students investigate music in context and how it operates in contemporary cultures. The RCM also provides a range of options for developing practical and applied skills. The nature of your undergraduate experience at the RCM depends on your principal study specialism. In essence, it includes individual lessons with distinguished musicians; core units in historical, technical, practical, and vocational subjects delivered in small groups; and a variety of performances. Our undergraduate programme is designed to be flexible, especially in years 3 and 4, ensuring you can undertake study directly relevant to your needs and aspirations. A variety of options helps every student develop their interests during their time at the RCM. From the very beginning of the course you will be able to draw on exceptional resources and opportunities, such as the RCM Library, the Centre for Performance Science, Creative Careers Centre and RCM Sparks – our outreach and education programme. Assessment for undergraduate students is grouped into subject, general and key skills. The assessment tasks within the RCM's undergraduate courses are varied, including technical assessments, performance exams, take'away assignments and practical assessments in performance or practical modules; unseen written exams, essays, individual and group presentations in academic or theoretical modules; and reflective diaries, workshops, and vivas in skills'based modules. Royal College of Music courses are internationally recognised as full degree courses with succesful students awarded their qualifications under the RCM's Royal Charter.

Course Modules

Your four'year undergraduate experience at the RCM will vary depending on your Principal Study. In essence, it includes individual lessons with distinguished musicians; core units in historical, technical, practical, and vocational subjects delivered in small groups; and a variety of performances – solo, duo, chamber music, large ensembles, orchestras, Big Band, choir, chorus, and opera chorus. You will also have opportunities to attend and take part in masterclasses and workshops delivered by invited musicians. You will be using the RCM’s Virtual Learning Environment, where you will interact with your peers, complete set tasks, and prepare and submit your course work. The RCM’s undergraduate programme is designed to be flexible, especially in Years 3 and 4, to ensure that each student can undertake a study directly relevant to their needs and aspirations. Exchange programmes are available for study in Europe, USA and Australia.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)