Postgraduate Programmes

The Academy takes enormous pride in the creative success of its postgraduate students and the outstanding reputation of our programmes. Postgraduate students are a vital part of the Academy’s musical culture, working in a uniquely collaborative performance environment ideally suited to helping talented musicians — from across the globe — to achieve their musical ambitions.

The Academy provides a wide range of opportunities for postgraduates, including a broad selection of degrees, diplomas and professional development courses, as well as a thriving and innovative research culture. Whether you want to focus in performance only, study a specific specialism or incorporate research into your studies, we offer a variety of postgraduate study programmes to suit your individual interests.

Do you want targeted help to make the leap from being a student to a fully established professional?

Do you have a particular career path in mind and need help preparing to negotiate it?

Do you have a professional niche you want to develop?

Read more about our highly-focussed, one-of-a-kind Professional Diploma

Which Postgraduate course is right for you?

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Our Postgraduate Degrees

Master of Arts in Performance or Composition (MA)

Our standard postgraduate programme for students who want to focus on performance or composition and build on their professional skills.

Master of Music in Performance or Composition (MMus) 

Similar to the MA but with the addition of a Masters Project. This is our standard postgraduate programme for composers. 

Master of Arts in Musical Theatre (MA)

A one-year programme of intensive full-time study for Musical Theatre specialists.
We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Musical Direction and Coaching.

PhD/MPhil: Research Degrees in Performance Practice or Composition

For performers and composers who already have highly developed skills and focused career aspirations. 

Professional Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas in Performance: Introduction

The Academy offers two one-year post-Masters diplomas designed to provide musical training at the very highest level and to support students’ developing engagement with the profession.

The Professional Diploma (FHEQ Level 7, also known as second cycle) provides training in a specialism or project closely related to the student’s recent study, usually chosen with a view to a particular professional outcome.

The Advanced Diploma (FHEQ Level 8, also known as third cycle) exists to hone high-level artistry and to provide bespoke guidance in the development of a distinctive professional profile (particularly for those pursuing solo career paths). Entry to the AdvDip is highly competitive. The cohort is very small and applicants should have a well developed professional profile or have demonstrated exceptional achievement in previous study.


Both programmes feature tailor-made components agreed between the student, their Head of Department and Tutor at the beginning of the academic year.

In addition to the 45 hours of one-to-one tuition that all postgraduate students receive:

  • Professional Diploma students undertake an extensive programme of departmental activity targeted to their specialist focus.
  • Advanced Diploma students are encouraged to draw on the Academy’s staff (often across departments) to support the development of their career and artistry, and can expect a flexible schedule that will allow them to pursue a significant portfolio of external professional activity.


For the Professional Diploma this consists of a final recital given during the summer examination period. Advanced Diploma students give a public lunchtime concert as part of the Academy’s advertised diary of events, which is followed by a viva that also explores a portfolio of professional activity undertaken during the year.

Our Postgraduate Diplomas 

Professional Diploma (Prof. Dip)

For students who want to explore areas of professional specialism at postgraduate level.
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CPD Diploma in Creative Music Leadership

A one-year programme of intensive full-time study for professional portfolio career musicians to gain valuable skills, knowledge and practical experience in creative music leadership.

Our Postgraduate Advanced Diplomas 

Advanced Diploma in Performance (AdvDip)

High-level professional performance training within a largely self-directed one-year programme of study.

Advanced Diploma in Opera (AdvDip)

A two-year postgraduate course of intense training for opera singers.