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Alumni discount for postgraduate study

We offer a 20% alumni discount on tuition fees to all RWCMD and USW postgraduate students* who are studying for an MA, MMus or Postgraduate Diploma Course at RWCMD from September 2024.

20% alumni discount

The discount applies for the duration of one and two year postgraduate courses starting in September 2024.

It applies to

  • all graduates and alumni of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and
  • all graduates and alumni of the University of South Wales

who register for an MA, MMus or Postgraduate Diploma Course at RWCMD starting from September 2024.

* This includes graduates of RWCMD, including those holding RWCMD awards and awards of the University of Wales, as well as graduates of the University of South Wales, the University of Glamorgan, University of Wales Newport, and the  Polytechnic of Wales.  

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'What I love about Cardiff and the College is that it’s a really inclusive place to study, which has helped me to feel comfortable being open about my identity. I’m so proud to be part of a College and a city where I feel diversity is embraced, where I can be free to truly be myself, and where my gifts and talents are recognised and celebrated.'
Mica SmithMA Opera
'What swung my decision to come to College was actually my audition day! I remember leaving the building feeling so happy and excited by the prospect of going there. There’s just nowhere like it.'
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Reasons to study with us

  • Our thriving, multicultural institution welcomes 800 students from more than 40 countries. You’ll train side-by-side with other instrumentalists, actors, singers, composers and performance designers and will work with them on projects throughout the year.
  • Collaboration forms a huge part of what we do, allowing you to immerse yourself in new experiences with a broad range of disciplines and skills from across the college. Our unique student-led company REPCo, encourages students to work together to be bold, imaginative and entrepreneurial.
  • Our industry partnerships provide real-world, enhanced learning experiences with leading arts organisations and professional musicians, also offering you opportunities to build your future professional networks.
  • RWCMD is a vibrant arts centre staging 500 performances a year (many of which are free) which are a combination of world-leading artists and student work, often side by side. Regular major events at RWCMD include BBC Young Musician of the Year, and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and standalone events such as the World Harp Congress in July 2022.
  • The College is the first UK conservatoire to achieve a gold standard level of quality assurance across Music, Drama and Under 18s in the recent international MusiQuE, Music Quality Enhancement review. Reviewers were particularly impressed with the College's approach to the individual student experience, multidisciplinary collaboration, and overall ambition, citing RWCMD as a shining example of best practice across European conservatoires, and reflecting the College's exceptional people and unique community.
  • As the world’s only Steinway-exclusive conservatoire the College now has a world-leading fleet of pianos, and every acoustic piano at the College is a Steinway.
  • We fundamentally believe in the power of music to transform and enrich society, developing skills in teaching, coaching and co-creating projects to create musicians of the future who will make an impact as performers, teachers and enablers within the broader community. Fundamental questions - ‘How can we shape the industry of the future’, ‘How can we use art to make a difference’ - help us to produce musicians who are truly relevant to a 21st Century world.
  • You’ll practice, study and perform in a beautiful, inspiring setting, bordering Bute Park, one of the largest green spaces in the city. We have a chamber music hall with extraordinary acoustics, a glass-lined foyer and performance space, the Richard Burton Theatre, as well as state-of-the-art studios and rehearsal spaces.
  • Our campus is right in the centre of Cardiff, the UK’s first Music City, and the thriving, compact capital of Wales, which is only two hours by train to central London.
  • Cardiff was named as the most cost-effective city in the UK for students, according to the NatWest Student Living Index 2022.

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