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Plug Festival of New Music The Alexander Gibson Opera School

Entrance Requirements The essential qualification for admission to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a research student is the possession of a good Honours degree or the attainment of a level of professional achievement equivalent to that of a good Honours degree. Within the processes laid out above, a student who possesses a research Master’s degree, or has attained a level of achievement equivalent to that of a research Master’s degree, may be permitted to enter the Conservatoire as a second-year research student. The Royal Conservatoire is committed to the principles of the Accreditation of Prior Learning, including experiential learning, and will bring those principles to bear on the admissions process for research degrees.

All applicants who meet the entrance criteria and whose proposed research can be supported by the Royal Conservatoire will be invited for interview and/or audition.

Research Ethos As performance to the highest standards is central to all of the Royal Conservatoire’s ’s work, research activities will always be located within that context. The key elements of performance and/or creation give the Royal Conservatoire’s research profile a clear and individual identity, both generally in terms of its research ethos and output and more specifically in terms of the selection and registration of research students.

Applications will only be successful if it is clear that the proposed research would best be undertaken within the Conservatoire’s distinctive context, in which performance and/or creation is held central. The Royal Conservatoire would particularly welcome applications from students who wish to conduct research in the following areas:

• Performance; style and interpretation in performance; analysis and contextual investigation. • Musical composition for live, electro-acoustic and mixed media. • Ethnomusicology, particularly in Scottish music. • The processes and methodologies of developing new performance work (music/drama), including collaborative and devised performance.

• Methodologies of specialist performance training, including the use of IT.


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