Postgraduate Diploma in Historical Performance

Postgraduate Diploma in Historical Performance

Course Overview

  • Wide range of solo and ensemble performance opportunities
  • Involvement in professional projects such as the orchestra of the Brecon Baroque Festival
  • Tuition available in supporting areas such as Alexander Technique and doubling instruments
  • Advanced training in chamber music
  • Professional coaching and accompaniment provision
  • Language, movement and drama classes (singers)
  • Specialist, advanced performance classes (instrumentalists)
  • Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
  • Training in career development, self-promotion and sustainable technique
  • International masterclass series
  • Fully integrated performance programme by international artists
  • Opportunities to work on historical instruments, supported by Informed Performance classes and seminars
  • Wide range of performance opportunities in world-class facilities
  • Optional work-based learning module
  • Optional training in advanced teaching skills, outreach, sound recording and arts management
  • Opportunity to create and curate own performance projects
  • Focus on employability and transferable skills


Course Structure

Please note that, while the information below reflects the programme offered to date, it may be subject to amendment and change in future years. Students are always consulted on such change and details are made available to applicants holding offers.

In order to progress from year one to year two on a two-year postgraduate course, students normally have to pass all first year modules.

  • Module Information

    Core Modules

    Module Credits
    Historical Performance 1 40
    Historical Performance 2 40
    The Professional Musician 20


    Optional Modules (Choose One)

    Module Credits
    Advanced Teaching Skills 20
    Advanced Outreach Skills 20
    Advanced Sound Recording 20
    Career Management 20
    Creative Project 20
    Individual Project 20
    Orchestral Audition 20
    Portfolio of Compositions 20
    Portfolio of Arrangements 20
    Vocational Project 20



Entry Requirements

Entry is by audition and candidates should be able to demonstrate a level of performance ability appropriate for professional training. Minimum entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in music or an equivalent qualification. Candidates who have been studying or working in another field will be considered.


International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate that their English language ability meets the College’s minimum requirements. Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of accepted English language tests and required scores.


Tuition Fees for 2022-2023

Course Duration Students from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man Overseas Students
10 months intensive (instrumental) £10,665 * £21,198 *
10 months intensive (voice) £11,453 * £22,505 *
2 years full time (instrumental) £10,393 ** £20,760 **
2 years full time (voice) £11,045 ** £21,962 **

* This is the full amount.

** This amount is for the first year only. The tuition fee payable in the second year is subject to an annual increase.

Further information on the funding available towards the cost of tuition fees.