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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

UCAS Code: R58

Location: Glasgow, central Scotland Show on Map

Site: Single site in city centre 

Specialist music & drama school 

Student Population

Total Students:895
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:720
Full Time:100%
Mature on Entry:21%
UK Students:83%
State school entry:84%

Teaching Staff

70 full-time, 600 part-time

Broad study areas

Music, drama, opera, film & television, technical & production arts, modern ballet. 


Drop Out Rate:8%
Accommodation:All first years housed. 


Founded:1847. Changed its name (from Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in 2011.
Site:Central Glasgow 
How to get there:Glasgow well connected to all regions of the UK by train (4¾ hours from London to Glasgow Central, under an hour from Edinburgh), by coach (8½ hours from London to Buchanan Bus Station), by air (1 hour flight from London; Glasgow Airport 7 miles from centre or Prestwick Airport 22 miles) and by road (M8). Academy walking distance from Queen Street and Central stations and bus station.  
Special features:Many top professional concert artists and theatre directors in recitals, productions and masterclasses.  

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Counsellor and welfare adviser.  
Accommodation:All first years housed; rents £108-£141 per week, including bills and insurance; 42- or 50-week contracts. Advice and assistance in finding suitable privately-owned accommodation; rents approx £75−£195 pw for self-catering. 

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:80,000 music volumes, 13,800 books, 7600 sound recordings, 60 study places, 14 listening booths, computer lab. Converged library and IT services. Information provision, £52 pa spent for each student (FTE). Ratio workstations to students 1:23 (open 12 hours/day), 30 with access to library and internet. IT support staff; tours of library and IT services for new students.
Other learning resources:Concert hall (360 seats), theatre (340 seats); TV studio; recital room; broadcasting studio; electro-acoustic recording studio. Opera school, including large performance space, rehearsal rooms and coaching rooms.  
Study abroad:Links and exchanges with colleges and conservatoires in Europe, Canada and America.  
Careers:Information and advice.  


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £7000−£7500 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by the Conservatoire.  
Financial help:Scholarships of £3000 pa for UK students from outside Scotland, whose family income is up to £25k pa, of £2500 pa where it is £25k−£30k pa, or of £2000 pa where family income is £30k−£35k pa. Also discretionary fund, to help students experiencing financial difficulty, and a childcare fund. £22,700 government funds; £4000 mature student bursary, 110 students helped. Entrance scholarships of £94,000, 32 students helped.  
University tuition fees:Scottish and EU students pay no fees during course; other UK students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £13,122 pa.


Academic features:

Degrees in acting, technical & production arts, contemporary theatre practice, Scottish music, music performance (BMus), music education (BEd) and digital film and TV. 

Awarding body:

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BEd, BMus

Length of courses:

3 or 4 years

Main subjects offered:

  • Acting
  • Community Arts
  • Costume Design
  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • Music
  • Performance Arts
  • Stage Management
  • Teacher Training
  • Theatre Design
  • Theatre Studies
  • TV Studies
  • Video

Student view


An orange brick building in centre of Glasgow, full of modern facilities, surrounded by shops, pubs and eateries. Within a ten-minute walk of two train stations, bus station and underground where transport is frequent; stay sensible and travel is safe. Parking is expensive but bike parking available. Good library has music scores, drama texts, books, CDs, videos and DVDs; CD and video/DVD players available to use. Library open 9am to 8pm (more limited Fridays-Sundays). Extensive IT suite with on-hand support. Healthy numbers of UK and international students covering a wide range of ages. Staff members are mostly approachable and the quality of teaching is high. Courses regularly reviewed, so stay relevant; workloads hard but realistic. Most students have jobs but it is hard to fit round long hours and course commitments. Glasgow is now one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities offering excellent nightlife; full of students, so lively during week and at weekends. A substantial number of gay pubs and clubs. Lots of theatres, concert halls, cinemas and art museums. Always plenty going on in the arts; often cheap tickets for students. SU has sabbatical officer but no separate building or permanent bar as yet - catering staff provide subsidised bar for union events. A counsellor is available and SU also available to offer advice and help. There are footie tournaments, yoga and hill-walking and students attend clubs and societies at neighbouring universities. Subjects well respected with good job prospects owing to Academy's strong reputation. A few exchange places are available; apprenticeship schemes allocated by audition. A mix of coursework and examinations but much of assessment based on the practical. In the first year it's easy to change course and staff advise students individually according to needs. 


Housing: Plenty of safe housing. Many students live at home but first years in student flats in Liberty Living student village in Miller Street. Others rent flats through agencies; rents vary with location. Eats: Canteen and café bar open to students, staff or the public. Drinks: Trader Joe's, Mollie Malones, the Universal. Nightlife: Clubbing suits all tastes. Garage, Walkabout, Strathclyde Union, the Shack and Jumpin Jacks are some favourites. Sports: Discounted access to nearby gyms. Jobs: Part-time, minimum wage work easy to find. Job centres nearby and opportunity for students to usher at shows/concerts in the college. Some students get professional work. Hardship funds: Hardship funds and loans are available and many students enter various competitions throughout the year. 

Past Students

Billy Boyd, James McAvoy, Robert Carlyle, Tom Conti, Alan Cumming, John Hannah, Hannah Gordon, Daniella Nardini, Ian Richardson, Ruby Wax, Lisa Milne, Angela Whelan, Sheena Easton, Bill McCue, Moira Anderson, Fulton Mackay, Phyllis Logan, Dawn Steele.



Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
100 Renfrew Street
G2 3DB


0141 332 4101





Student enquiries:



CUKAS (for music and drama courses), UCAS (BEd music) 

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