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Street Address:

200 Jennens Road, Birmingham B4 7XR, UK


+44 121 331 5906


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts (Hons). Three years. In popular music, jazz, music education, music industries, music journalism. Bachelor of Music (Hons). Three years. Studies in performance (classical, jazz), composition, music history. Bachelor of Science (Hons). Three years. In music technology, sound engineering and production.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. In musicology, arts and project management. Master of Music. In performance (classical, jazz, early music, opera), composition, choral, band and orchestral conducting, musicology, music technology, ethnomusicology. Master of Philosophy. Doctor of Philosophy.


Other programs


Post-graduate Certificate of Education. In primary or secondary music. Post-graduate Certificate of Music. In performance, experimental performance, composition. Post-graduate Diploma of Music. Advanced Post-graduate Diploma. In professional performance. Opera Nation project. In collaboration with the Royal Opera House, a program of up to four years of specialised professional training in vocal talent and stagecraft.

Institution Notes:

The Birmingham Conservatoire can trace its history back to 1843. It became the music department of Birmingham City University in 1989 and later became the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. There are departments of performance, composition, early music, jazz, vocal and operatic performance, orchestral and choral conducting, chamber music performing ensembles, pedagogy and music technology. The state-of-the-art building was inaugurated in 2017 and includes the 525-seat Adrian Boult Hall, a recital hall, over 70 practice rooms, an East Side Jazz Room, 'the lab' (an experimental music space) and an organ room. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with acting, media and visual communication students from other schools of the university. The library contains over 1,300 orchestral and band sets, 1,050 sets of vocal scores, about 90,000 individual scores and parts. The Conservatoire's Historical Instrument Collection has a large number of historical instruments and bows, some dating back to the 17th century. Alexander Technique is available for students, and some study of Dalcroze Eurhythmics is offered. A Music in the Community Project is run by the Creative Studies Department which is also developing its world music program where students may concentrate on such areas as traditional folk musics, African percussion, Brazilian samba, gospel choir, North Indian classical music or Javanese gamelan. A Saturday morning Junior Conservatoire caters for young musicians aged between 8 and 18. A Young Strings Project caters for beginners as young as three years. The ARCO project, established in 2015 between the Conservatoire and Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music in Soweto, Johannesburg, provides regular distance-learning opportunities for talented children in South Africa as well as cultural exchanges of students and teachers between the two institutions. An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

September 2022