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Music Performance PG Dip

UCAS code
Year of entry 2018
Course Length
1 year full time
2 years part time
Department Music »


Already a strong musical performer, but looking to further your qualifications towards a career in performance and/or teaching? This course is ideal if you're looking to further your performance skills in the intellectual and creative environment of a university, rather than a conservatoire.

You will be able to study individually either with our excellent Royal Holloway-affiliated performance teachers, or an external teacher of your choice, subject to agreement with the Music department.

You will work towards a final recital performance, with the support of group seminars and individual tuition on your instrument or voice. You'll also be able to take two courses from the MMus Advanced Musical Studies syllabus.

  • Join one of the largest postgraduate Music communities in the UK (with more than 50 research students and 20 MA students each year)
  • We are ranked third in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) and the only music department in the country to hold a prestigious Regius Professorship.
  • You will have access to well-equipped studios and recording facilities, including a Disklavier, as well as incredible performance spaces including the Windsor Auditorium, Boilerhouse Theatre, Victorian Picture Gallery and College Chapel.
  • Be a part of our creative campus.  You will have many opportunities for performance, including the Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonietta (for new music), an Andean Band, a Korean percussion band, and a Gamelan Orchestra (Gamelan Puloganti). We support and encourage students to take the initiative in forming your own performance groups.

You'll study one core module - Special Study: Performance - but, along with this core module, you can choose two optional modules.

Optional modules

Documenting Performance

Topics in Multimedia and Film Music 

Topics in World Music

Music, Management and Production

Techniques of Performance Studies

Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff.

Formative assessment will be provided during the programme, in the context of one-to-one performance tuition and seminars, as well as classes and individual tutorials.

Summative assessment will be made of the final recital, and of further submissions as part of the electives (a combination of further performances and written work).

Entry criteria:

A Bachelor's Honours degree in Music with a mark of Upper Second Class Honors (2:1) in the Performance component. Candidates will only be offered places following a successful audition.

All applicants must submit a  recent video recording of at least 3 contrasting pieces, each piece should be 15-20 mins long.

Alternatives will not normally apply, however the department welcomes all enquiries.

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 6.5 with 7.0 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5 for non-native English speaking applicants.


If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor you to study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

International and EU entry requirements

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Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:

  • wide performance experience
  • an interest in creating innovative concert programmes

Our recent graduates have gone into careers as music teachers, composers and musicians. Others have gone into PhD studies at Royal Holloway or other leading universities, and then into academic careers, with some working in the highest-rated research departments in the country.

Many Royal Holloway alumni are now making careers as professional musicians and composers, including:

  • Helen Reid
  • Dame Felicity Lott
  • Tansy Davies
  • Richard Baker
  • KT Tunstall
  • Joby Talbot
  • Michael Zev Gordon
  • Deirdre Gribbin
  • Jonathan Cole
  • Paul Newland

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2018/19*: £4,800

International students tuition fee per year 2018/19*: £9,933

Other essential costs**: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

* These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email student-fees@royalholloway.ac.uk for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.

** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.

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