This Masters, taught jointly with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), combines vocal or instrumental study with performance-related academic research and an element of apprenticeship with professional ensembles. If you’re aspiring to perform professionally or wishing to undertake historical research relating to performance practice, or both: this programme is designed for you.
- Academic contact: John.Butt@glasgow.ac.uk
- Teaching start: September
- MA: 12 months full-time; 24 months part‑time
Why this programme
- You will benefit from access to our facilities including seminar and practice rooms, the University library, two audio labs and an electroacoustic music studio, the University’s Concert Hall and attached studios. You will also have access to facilities at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
- We offer the unique opportunity to study alongside world-class performer-scholars, and to work both within the University and the Conservatoire environment. Where possible, RCS can arrange involvement in the work of professional historically-informed ensembles, including Dunedin Consort and Concerto Caledonia.
- Glasgow is the UK’s first UNESCO city of music, and home to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and National Theatre of Scotland.
Two routes are available: one weighted toward performance, the other toward musicological enquiry.
The core of the course concerns 17th- and 18th-century musical practices, but these can be used as a jumping-off point for the study and development of other historical and traditional musical activities.
You will have access to a range of both reproduction and original historical instruments from the collections of both institutions. Previously completed student projects include: phrasing marks in Beethoven’s string writing; tablature and transcription in vihuela repertoire; Baroque and traditional practices in Scottish fiddle variation sets; and Italianate vocal training and its relationship to pedagogic practice in 18th-century Britain. With professional groups, students have performed, prepared editions, researched repertoire and assisted on educational outreach.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Our degree programmes open up opportunities to access or advance careers in the creative industries, whether working as a professional composer or musician, in the music industry for a record company, management company or promoter, or in the media industry. Some graduates have combined their degrees with other studies to pursue careers in areas such as law and education.
Normally, at least a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in Music, plus an audition.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- 7.0 with no sub-test under 7.0.
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:
TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)
- 100 with minimum R 24, L 24, S 23, W 27.
- 70 with minimum 70 in all subtests.
- 140 with 140 in 2 or more sub-scores including literacy and no sub-score below 120 for direct entry, 125 with no sub-score lower than 115 for in-sessional support, 120 for 5 week PSE, 115 for 10 week PSE, 110 for 14 week PSE, 105 for 18 week PSE. Please see: Pre-sessional courses.
- Tests must have been taken within 1 year of start date.
Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)
- Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.
University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses
- Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.
Alternatives to English Language qualification
- Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
- Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
- Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
- Masters degree from English speaking country
- Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.
How to apply
Applications should be made directly to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
For further information regarding the course, or details on how to apply, please refer to The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland programme page.