Fees and Funding

The RNCM charges tuition fees to all students for each academic year. Fees for all UK and EU undergraduate students are regulated by the UK government.

Our course fees enable us to maintain the high quality of a Royal Northern College of Music degree, invest in your wider student experience and offer a range of bursaries for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In line with Government policy, the College has an agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) to provide financial support according to individual students’ personal financial circumstances.

Tuition fees for 2018 entry onwards will be published in early 2018.

The government has confirmed that EU students applying for university places in the 2018-19 academic year will remain eligible for financial support; read more here.

Tuition Fees for Year 2017-18: Home and EU Students

Note: Fees are per year


£9,250 (2017-18 entry); £9,000 (pre 2017-18 entry)

The maximum fee we are permitted to charge for Home/EU students is set by the UK government.

For Home/EU students entering an undergraduate course in either 2018 or 2017 the tuition fee will be subject to government regulations on fee increases, which will be based on RPIX*.

Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases (about which we will provide further information when it becomes available).

Home/EU undergraduate students who began their course of study in 2016 or earlier and were charged £9,000 will have this fee level maintained until they complete the course.


Postgraduate Diploma: £9,350

Master of Music 2 years: £9,350

Master of Music 1 year: £10,500

Master of Performance 1 year: £25,500

Master of Performance 2 years: £21,250

MPhil/PhD: £5,900

Strings Leadership: £2,700

Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist): £9,500


For more information you may wish to visit www.direct.gov.uk/yourfuture which has been produced by the government and has information about tuition fees and funding your studies.

*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to the all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

Tuition Fees for 2017-18: Overseas Students and Isle of Man / Channel Island Students

Undergraduate: £19,250

Postgraduate Diploma: £19,250

Master of Music 2 years: £19,250

Master of Music 1 year: £23,900

Master of Performance 1 year: £25,500

Master of Performance 2 years: £21,250

MPhil/PhD: £13,250

Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist): £9,750

Audition Fees for 2018 Entry

Entrance audition for all programmes (single instrument): £70
Entrance audition – late application (after 2 October): £75
Advice audition (January to June 2017): £70


If a candidate has taken an advice audition during the 12 month period preceding the closing date, £30 of the audition fee will be refunded.

All internal students (i.e. RNCM students) who are returning to study on a subsequent programme at the RNCM following successful completion of their current programme of study are eligible for a refund of the audition fee (not UCAS Conservatoires fee) for the subsequent programme. If you have already paid your audition fee and believe you are eligible for a refund, please contact Admissions on admissions@rncm.ac.uk with your dates of study and the details of the account to which the refund is to be made.

Scholarships and Bursaries

All applicants (UK, EU and overseas):

A number of Entrance Scholarships are offered to applicants who demonstrate outstanding ability and potential at audition. All applicants are automatically considered for an Entrance Scholarship (except MPerf, who are ineligible for scholarships and must source their own funding). If you are selected to receive one, you will receive a notification from Admissions at the time of your offer.

Undergraduate UK / EU students:

The RNCM may provide bursaries of up to £1,290 (based on 2015/16 figures) according to individual students’ financial circumstances.

Overseas and postgraduate offer holders

Overseas and postgraduate offer holders may apply for a bursary towards the cost of fees and maintenance. Detailed information will be sent to you in Spring if you accept our offer. These awards are limited in number and are allocated on the basis of need and merit. In return, students are expected to undertake directed activities for the benefit of the College.

Loans for Master’s students from 2016-17

From 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Master’s study.

Postgraduate Loans Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master’s study will be:
• a contribution towards the costs of study, i.e. it will be at the student’s discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs;
• non-means tested;
• paid directly to the student into a UK bank account.

Click here to download an information leaflet.

For up-to-date information and further guidance see www.gov.uk/student-finance 

External Funding Sources for International Students

EU students:

The European Funding guide has details of grants and awards for studying in the EU:



Erasmus+ will offer students affordable loans to take a master’s degree in another country. To be eligible to apply for a loan, you must be a resident of one of the 28 EU Member States or one of the five non-EU Programme Countries.

Click here for more information.

Applicants from Turkey:

The Dr. Nejat Eczacibasi Foundation offers scholarship opportunities for prospective postgraduate students from Turkey.

For further information, please visit http://www.eczacibasi.com.tr/channels/1.asp?id=77 or telephone the Foundation at 0212 371 71 60.

Applicants from USA

The Royal Northern College of Music is certified as eligible to process Direct Loans (Title IV). School Code: G23205 / 023205. OPE ID: 02320500. A guide to US student funding is available to view by clicking on the link below:

A Guide to Student Funding 2015-16

Gainful Employment for US Applicants

Under the clarification of the Gainful Employment Regulations page 34389 of 13 June 2011, for implementation 1st July 2011,

The Program Integrity Issues final regulations (75 FR 66832)– Clarified that only certificate or credentialed non degree programs of at least one academic year that are offered by a public or nonprofit institution of higher education are gainful employment programs;

The RNCM offers 1 non-degree GE-specific (gainful employment) course, which is the Postgraduate Diploma. We have less than 10 students therefore for privacy reasons, employment and debt ratios cannot be published.

Further Reading

For tips and advice, read our advice on Planning Ahead: Drawing Up a Student Budget.