Royal Northern College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester. With a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors, composers and artists from all over the world, the RNCM is home to around 320 teaching staff and over 800 students from 60 different countries. Students pursuing their professional musical training receive the very best teaching, learning and performance opportunities.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

285 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • The RNCM provides a booklet, Preparing to Start at the RNCM, which can be downloaded from the RNCM website.
  • This contains useful advice about airport pick-ups, induction and registration, a checklist of documents students need to bring with them, and information about Manchester.

English Language Requirements

  • Most applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit an IELTS Academic certificate as evidence of their English language proficiency, which should be from a UKVI Approved Test Provider.
  • Applicants who have received a qualification (equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in a majority English speaking country may be exempt.
  • Please refer to the RNCM website for details of specific minimum requirements for each course.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All first year undergraduate students who are offered a place at the RNCM and accept their place by the relevant deadline are offered a place in the Sir Charles Groves hall of residence.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • A number of scholarships are offered to both UK and international applicants who demonstrate outstanding ability and potential at audition; these do not require a separate application.
  • International applicants to the college may apply for a bursary towards the cost of fees and maintenance. These awards are strictly limited in number and are made on the basis of need. In return, students are expected to undertake directed activities for the benefit of the college.

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