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Postgraduate Programmes


Head of Postgraduate Programmes: Neil Heyde BMus, MMus, PhD, LMusA, Hon ARAM


Senior Postgraduate Tutors: Sarah Callis BA, PhD, Hon ARAM (pictured above, right) David Gorton BA, MMus, PhD, ARAM (pictured above, second from left)


Postgraduate Tutors: Rachel Chaplin MA, MMus, PhD, LRAM Nicola Eimer Dip RAM, MMus, ARAM (pictured above, left) Briony Williams BMus, MMus, PhD, FTCL (pictured above, second from right)


The Teachers


Professor Simon Bainbridge FRCM, Hon RAM Senior Professor in Composition


Philip Cashian BMus, DMus, Hon ARAM Head of Composition


Roderick Chadwick MA, MMus, LRAM, ARAM Raymond Holden PhD, Hon ARAM Sir John Barbirolli Senior Research Fellow


Roy Howat MA, PhD (Keyboard Research Fellow)


Timothy Jones MA, DPhil, LTCL Deputy Principal (Programmes and Research)


Daniel-Ben Pienaar Dip RAM, MMus, ARAM Peter Sheppard Skærved LRAM, ARAM Lecturer in Performance Studies


Jeremy Summerly MA, MMus, Hon RAM Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music


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Our Range of Programmes Master of Arts in Performance (MA) MMus Concert Project and MMus in Performance and Research Master of Music in Composition — MMus Composition: see pages 14–15 Advanced Diploma in Opera: see pages 10–11 Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Theatre — PGDip: see pages 18–19 MPhil and PhD in Composition or Performance Practice: see pages 40–41


Which Programme is right for you? The Academy’s postgraduate programmes offer a flexible and co-ordinated scheme of awards; from explicitly professional preparation in the MA to doctoral studies.


In addition to attending an audition, all MMus candidates are required to send in samples of their written work. MMus Concert Project candidates should also submit a concert proposal, and MMus Performance and Research candidates should submit a research project proposal.


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Introduction The Academy provides an enormous range of opportunities for postgraduate students, including a broad selection of elective professional development courses. In order to get the most out of this dynamic environment students are expected to take a proactive approach to their programme of study. Each department has fixed Principal Study requirements that set a carefully chosen range of professional criteria you need to be able to meet. In addition, all master’s degree students complete a Professional Portfolio that provides an open framework designed to encourage you to make the very best of the extraordinary range of opportunities available at the Academy. This ethos is carried over into project work for MMus and research degree students. The aim of the programmes is to provide the necessary encouragement and direction to help you get the most out of working with your peer group as well as from the expertise of staff and visiting specialists.


Once admitted to the Academy, all post- graduate students receive regular tutorial advice to help with their educational and career decisions. There is provision for postgraduate performers to transfer from MA to MMus after one year for one further year of study, provided the necessary criteria have been met.


Programme Duration The MA is normally a two-year programme, but in certain cases students can be allowed to take it in one year. Conducting normally requires three years. An assessment of suitability for a one- or two- year programme will be made at audition, according to the applicant’s standard on entry, educational needs, and funding position. This can be reviewed during the first term of study.


The MMus in Performance (Concert Project and Performance and Research) options are similarly flexible, but the normal expectation is that studies will take two years. Only a small number of students are permitted to take the one year option (which attracts a significantly higher fee).


The MMus in Composition is an intensive two-year (24-month) programme.


The Advanced Diploma in Opera is an intensive two-year (21-month) programme.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Theatre is a nine-month course.


For the two-year MPhil and three-year PhD, which are both available in either Composition or Performance Practice, see pages 40–41.


LRAM teaching diploma Many postgraduates additionally choose to study for the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) teaching diploma. The diploma provides a comprehensive, practically-based introduction to the principles of teaching.


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