The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a national and international centre of excellence for performing arts education.

We are one of the world’s most multi-disciplinary conservatoires, offering specialised and intensive teaching in dance, drama, music, production and screen.

Currently, more than 1000 students are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at RCS across all of our specialisms. We also teach over 2000 part-time learners each year through our Junior Conservatoire and Lifelong Learning department, opening up access to the arts to children, young people and adult learners.

Located in the heart of Glasgow city centre, RCS is also the nation’s busiest performing arts centre with more than 500 public performances taking place across our five professional venues each year. We welcome over 40,000 members of the public every academic year, to watch our talented and passionate students perform on stage.

Undergraduate programmes at RCS

At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland we offer a very wide variety of vocational undergraduate degree programmes. Everything you need to find out is right here. Remember you can contact us to clarify any information or ask any questions. As a student here you can expect:

  • the highest staff-student ratio of UK conservatoires, offering intensive one to one tuition
  • the support and challenge you need to develop your talent, skills and creativity – demanding performance schedule
  • we are the busiest performing arts venue in Scotland frequent contact with your professional counterparts in industry, with opportunities to perform and make vital contacts.

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate programmes at RCS

We offer a number of postgraduate Masters programmes across the performing arts. We also offer a Masters of Education in Learning and Teaching and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching/Learning Support. The MEd is a popular course for teaching artists who want to develop their skills further within a conservatoire setting.

If you are looking for doctoral study, you can apply to join the thriving Research department at RCS and undertake a PhD, MPhil or Doctor of Performing Arts programme. The Research Excellence Framework (2014) showed that more than two thirds of RCS research was either world-leading or internationally excellent, and suggested our research in music and drama has the strongest impact of Scottish work in this field. Research degrees at the Royal Conservatoire are validated and awarded by the University of St Andrews, meaning Research students enjoy access to the facilities of both distinguished institutions.

Postgraduate Courses


Each year, RCS disburses circa £1.3 million in scholarships to approximately one third of our incoming and continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students from the UK, the EU and internationally on the basis of merit and financial need. We have established a specific fund for incoming ‘Rest of the UK students’ on a means-tested basis as part of this total. We are also delighted to announce three new scholarships worth 75% tuition fee per year available to US and Canadian viola students for entry in 2017/18.

Any student who accepts a place at RCS will be considered for a scholarship. If you are offered a place at RCS you will be sent a financial statement form to complete to be considered for scholarship. If you are successful at gaining a scholarship you will receive separate notification from the Finance Office. We aim to contact those successful applicants who have been awarded a scholarship as soon as possible after the decision has been made.

A scholarship award may be made to cover either part or the full cost of tuition fees, and may include an element for maintenance. RCS scholarships can vary in amount from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. Scholarships are made by academic staff to individuals on the basis of their talent, potential and need. A very small number of scholarships cover full tuition fees, but most do not and you should plan on the basis that you will need to fund the majority of your studies via alternative means.

If you are successful in being awarded a scholarship and it has been donated by a specific trust or individual, there may be additional conditions. It is expected that all recipients of scholarships will write to the relevant donor at least once a year with an update on their progress. Students must also list the award in their biography and, on occasion, attend events where their donors may be present. Every scholarship student is expected to play a full and active role in the life of the institution, to act as a good role model for other students, and to be a good ambassador for the Royal Conservatoire.