How to Apply

For entry to any postgraduate music programme, you will need to apply via UCAS Conservatoires at

The UCAS Conservatoires application system is separate from both the UCAS Undergraduate and UCAS Postgraduate application systems. If you wish to apply to conservatoires and universities within UCAS, you will need to register for both services.

There is a one-off fee of £25 to register to use UCAS Conservatoires and £25 to register for UCAS Postgraduate (for entry 2020).

To begin a new UCAS Conservatoires application for entry 2020, you will need to register here and click on Register for 2020 Entry. You can read UCAS Conservatoires’ advice on completing the UCAS Conservatoires application.  

If you have already registered with UCAS Conservatoires, you can continue or track your application here.

The UCAS Conservatoires Institution Code for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is R59.

Course Codes 
1 yr
2 yrs
1 yr
2 yrs
Music Performance 608F 607F 806F 805F
Orchestral Performance 609F 610F 807F 808F
Historical Performance 606F 605F 804F 801F
Composition 604F 603F 802F 803F
Collaborative Piano 612F 602F 820F 819F
Orchestral Conducting 617F 618F 815F 816F
Brass Band Conducting 611F 621F 809F 810F
Choral Conducting 613F 614F 811F 812F
Multi Instrument Woodwind Performance 623F 622F 822F 821F
Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Professional Practice (1 yr) 625F

Application Dates

For entry in September 2020 applications open on 18 July 2019 and close at 18:00 (GMT) on Monday 1 October 2019.

We will continue to accept applications after 1 October 2019 although these applications will be treated as late applications. Please contact our Admissions Team before submitting a late application to check whether we still have vacancies in your chosen instrument/voice type.

If you need assistance with your application, you can contact the UCAS Conservatoires Team by telephone (Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 18:00). Phone 0371 468 0 470 from within the UK or +44 330 3330 232 if you are calling from overseas.

You may also find the following links useful:

Audition Fees

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama charges an audition administration fee of £63 (one instrument) and £84 (two instruments). The audition fee for late applications, received after 1 October 2019, is £68.

The College is committed to providing access to training for the most talented students regardless of background or financial means. The College’s fee waiver policy is designed to support applicants for whom their financial circumstances may be a barrier to auditioning.

Audition Dates

For applications received before or on 1 October 2019, auditions will be held during October 2019 (weekdays only). For applications received after the deadline of 1 October 2019, auditions are likely to be held in February/March 2020, but only if places still exist.

Once we have received your application we will email you to let you know the exact date and time of your audition. We will also update your Track account on the UCAS Conservatoires website with this information.


Please note that only applicants who apply by the deadline of 1 October 2019 and audition in the autumn will be considered for a scholarship. Applicants auditioning via recording must submit their recorded audition by 1 November 2019 to be considered for a scholarship.

Audition/Interview Guidance

Audition Guidance for entry 2020.

Applying from Outside the UK

Additional information for international applicants can be found in our international section and UCAS Conservatoires have a guide for international applicants.