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  • Qualification

    MPerf - Master of Music Performance

  • Location

    Royal Northern College of Music

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Through a combination of advanced practical and pedagogical training and vocational studies, the RNCM’s specialist Master of Performance (MPerf) programme heightens the skills and techniques needed to ensure you thrive.

It’s perfect for graduates who are looking to become professional performers, providing exceptional one-to-one tuition, solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and specialist guidance on self-promotion. The course also offers training in instrumental teaching, the chance to gain real-world experience via an external industry placement, and the opportunity to work with professionals to create and edit your own expertly-produced recording, ensuring your future is as sustainable as it is successful.

Programme Overview

The programme consists of 180 credits and comprises five main components: Principal Study, Recording Project, Practical Pedagogy, Research Module and one Practical Option.

Students experience training in performance to a professional level, and gain the knowledge necessary for self-promotion in the music industry. You will benefit from the expertise and guidance of the RNCM’s world-class teaching staff and visiting tutors, receiving a tailored blend of regular learning and performance opportunities, including one-to-one tuition, masterclasses, solo and small ensemble performance, specialist classes and workshops, lectures and seminars, practical exercises, independent learning and an external professional placement.

Direct Entry (Accreditation of Prior Learning)

In some cases, candidates who have completed relevant modules of a postgraduate (Level 7) qualification at a recognised Higher Education Institution may be considered for direct entry into year 2 of the RNCM MMus programme.

Routes Available

Performance in Keyboard, Strings, Voice, Wind, Brass, Percussion and Popular Music.

All MPerf students will:

  • Receive weekly instrumental tuition from the RNCM’s team of internationally-acclaimed tutors
  • Work with professional producers to create a demonstration-standard recording showcasing your work
  • Learn how to teach musicians across a range of age and ability through practical work directed by teaching professionals
  • Build on their knowledge of the stylistic and interpretative challenges in a range of repertories and traditions within classical music.

Further Study and Research Opportunities

The Advanced Postgraduate Diploma is for those with a Master’s-level qualification who wish to pursue a further year of study and training within a world-class conservatoire.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 25,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Royal Northern College of Music

  • Campus address

    Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9RD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 87 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    127 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85.0 85%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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