What will I learn?


Designed for recent graduates and suitably qualified mature students, our taught Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Orchestral Conducting courses provide the technical training, collaborative opportunities and podium time necessary to help you prepare for a career as a professional conductor. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is currently the most exciting destination for orchestral conductors, with an active concert schedule.

As a Principal Study Orchestral Conductor, you'll be offered individual tuition from our staff conductors, and also from the many distinguished guest conductors who work with our ensembles and orchestras on an occasional basis throughout the year.

You'll work across the whole spectrum of the Conservatoire’s music 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'll receive support and professional advice in pursuing such projects, which should be viewed as an essential element of your studies. Both PgDip and MMus courses provide excellent opportunities to develop other skills relevant to a future career in the music profession.

What's covered in the course?

  • Regular individual specialist tuition.
  • Opportunities to join choral conducting classes.
  • Access to the Conservatoire’s broad range of ensemble activities, including Symphony Orchestra, ‘Repertoire’ and ‘Pops’ Orchestras, Thallein (Contemporary Music) Ensemble, Brass Band and Brass Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.
  • Regular opportunities to rehearse and perform with ensembles within the Conservatoire.
  • Regular opportunities to observe orchestral and ensemble rehearsals, including sectional rehearsals directed by departmental heads or specialist guest tutors, giving valuable professional insight into the detailed working of the different instrumental areas of the orchestra.

Which department am I in?

Birmingham School of Acting

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£23,600.00 (US$ 31,987) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

200 Jennens Road,


B4 7XR, England

Entry requirements

For international students

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. You must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent in all four skills areas to secure a visa. You must have IELTS 6; or alternatively must have studied and completed a Bachelor’s degree in the UK.

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