Postgraduate Fees & Funding

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This information is for Home residents. If you are an International applicant you can find relevant information in our International section. If you are an EU national starting from September 2021 your fee status may be Home or Overseas, depending on your circumstances. If you have any questions please contact our fees and funding team by email on studentfunding@leedsconservatoire.ac.uk.

Information for EU Students

EU students:

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, if you start your course on or after the 1 August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for Home fees, unless the following applies.

If you are a citizen of an EU or EEA member state who have applied and been granted settled or pre-settled status (or the child, spouse, or civil partner of such a person), you may remain eligible for Home fees as part of the UK Government’s arrangements under the Withdrawal Agreement.

You can find more information from UKCISA about the categories eligible for home fees: Full information on HE fee status for students starting courses in England in Autumn 2021

If you have any questions please contact our fees and funding team by email on studentfunding@leedsconservatoire.ac.uk

Tuition Fees for 2022 Entry

MA Dramaturgy (W44F - 1 year full-time) - £8,000*

MA Music (W33F - 1 year full-time) - £11,000*

PgDip Music (W41F - 10 months full-time) - £7,000*

MA Musical Direction (W45F - 1 year full-time) - £8,000*

MA Musical Theatre Company (W42F - 1 year full-time) - £14,000*

MA Musical Theatre Creatives (W43F - 1 year full-time) - £11,000*

*subject to board approval - fees are provisional not finalised and are indicative of expected fees for 2022 entry

(Information about how to pay your fees is sent with enrolment information)

See our Tuition Fee Policy 2021-22

Alumni Discount

A discount of 10% is available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree at Leeds Conservatoire and who subsequently proceed onto an MA course.

Funding options for 2021 Entry (2022 TBC)

Download our Guide to Postgraduate Funding at Leeds Conservatoire 2021.

Student Loans for Masters Courses

Student Loans for Masters level study are available for many UK applicants.

You can read more information here, depending on where you normally live:

England

Funding: Non-income assessed Masters loan of up to £11,570 paid to student.

Repayment: Repay at 6% of income above the threshold- currently £21,000.

Find out more: Gov.uk - Masters Loan

Please note this information is for the 2021-2022 academic year. For the academic year 2022-2023, information is normally updated on gov.uk in Spring.

Wales

Funding: Up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan.

Income requirements: Amount of grant vs loan varies by household income - for example: Income below £18,370: max grant £6,885 + loan £11,140. Income of £59,200 or more - grant £1,000 + loan £17,025. 

Repayment: Repay at 6% of income above the threshold- currently £21,000.

Find out more: Student Finance Wales

Northern Ireland

Funding: Non-income assessed fee loan of up to £5,500 paid to university.

Repayment: Repay at 9% of income above the threshold – currently £19,895.

Find out more: Student Finance NI

Scotland

Funding: Non-income assessed fee loan of up to £5,500 paid to university and living cost loan of up to £4,500.

Repayment: Repay at 9% of income above the threshold – currently £25,000.

Find out more: Student Awards Agency Scotland

  • The residence requirements are complex – please read the criteria before applying. 
  • Applicants must be aged under 60 on 1 September in the year of entry. 
  • The loans are available for the full time MA only  (not PgDip) 
  • The loans are not available to those who already hold an equivalent level qualification 
  • If you had an Undergraduate loan you should use the same Customer Reference Number. You will need your passport number, National Insurance number, and bank account details.
Leeds Conservatoire Postgraduate Bursary (MA Music)

Bursary applications for 2021 entry are now closed. Information for 2022 entrants will be available in due course.

Home students who have an offer of a place on the MA Music course may apply for a cash bursary of £1,000 to help towards study and living costs, for applicants from the lowest income households. There are 10 bursaries available and applicants must apply by 30th April 2021 for 2021 entry.

Please complete the application form (PDF) and return it with evidence, as specified on the form.

You can find further information in PDF format here.


Scholarships and other sources of funding

Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Awards (Music and Musical Direction)

Closed for 2021 entry - details for 2022 entry TBC

MA Music applicants in financial need can apply directly to Help Musicians for financial support, for performance related studies.

In 2020 Help Musicians made 150 awards from 450 applications UK-wide. The average amount awarded in 2020 was £2,061. Applicants are assessed according to financial need, musical potential, and ability to sustain a career.

Applicants must be UK residents for at least 183 days prior to application.

Applications are now closed for 2021 academic year. We expect applications for 2022 to open in early 2022, with an expected closing date in February/March 2022.

Read more information on the Help Musicians UK Website

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust (Classical, Jazz or Composers)

Closed for 2021 entry - details for 2022 entry TBC

Open to instrumentalists and singers (who are looking to undertake performance-based classical or jazz music postgraduate study) as well as to composers wishing to undertake postgraduate study.

Applications are now also welcomed from exceptional jazz students about to enter their final year of undergraduate study. This extension applies to jazz musicians only, from 2020.

For more information see Munster Trust website.

You can apply before you have an offer of a place on a course, but please read all the criteria and FAQs first. 

Download the flyer (PDF)

Applications for 2021 will open 1 Jan 2021 and will close on 10 Feb 2021.

Yorkshire Ladies Council of Education Award

Female postgraduate students who are eligible to pay Home fees can apply for an award directly to this local charity to help with study costs. 

Applications are assessed in September, March and June. Completed forms must be received by the first day of the relevant month.

The grant awarded is normally between £200 and £400. Grants support course fees only. Grants are paid direct to institutions on behalf of applicants. No payments are made to individuals.

Find out more on the YCLE Awards Website

Other Funding Sources

The following websites have links and search directories for other sources of funding according to your specific criteria. Note that most charities and grant making trusts expect you to apply very early and in many cases to audition. Applications for most awards are usually very competitive and you are advised to apply early.

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/funding_postgraduate_study.htm

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/

http://www.munstertrust.org.uk/

http://www.emimusicsoundfoundation.com/index.php/site/resources/

Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award (Musical Theatre Company, Musical Direction)

Closed for 2021 entry - details for 2022 entry TBC

MA Musical Theatre Company, MA Musical Direction applicants and final year Undergraduate Musical Theatre students in financial need can apply directly to Help Musicians for financial support towards study and living costs.

In 2021 Help Musicians offered awards between £1,000-£5,000. Applicants are assessed according to financial need, musical potential and ambition to create a sustainable career within the industry.

Applicants must be UK residents for at least 183 days prior to application.

Applications are now closed for 2021 academic year. We expect applications for 2022 to open in June 2022, with an expected closing date in July 2022.

Read more information on the Help Musicians UK Website


Additional Costs

MA Music

Indicative additional costs relating to the course (this is given as a guide only):

  • Printing – in the majority of cases coursework and assessments are submitted online. However, students may be required to print coursework and assessments for specific offline submissions. Every student will receive printing credit at the start of term.
  • Books/Music – the conservatoire’s library has a wide range of resources, which include many core texts and materials. However, students may be required to, or choose to, purchase their own copy of core text and other materials for particular modules.
  • Instrument Maintenance – this may vary depending on the instrument and whether or not the student is studying performance. Please note that students are expected to provide their own instrument.
  • Course-related Travel – students may be required to, or choose to, travel for gigs and performances, module placements and other course-related trips and visits. This may vary dependent on course, specialism (i.e. performance, composition, production) and the optional modules selected.
  • Student Visas – international students will require appropriate student visas.
  • Computer/Software Purchase – the conservatoire’s mac labs run the latest industry standard DAW software and platforms (i.e. Sibelius, Pro Tools, Logic X, Ableton Live) alongside sample libraries such as Native Instruments Kontakt and East West.

    Students can complete their work for the course using these facilities. However, students may wish to buy their own equipment and software for convenience and access outside of the conservatoire (HE student discount is often available from manufacturers once enrolled).
  • Professional Bodies – students may choose to join a professional body such as the ISM or Musicians Union (both of which offer student membership).
  • Graduation – gown hire and photography are additional costs that are associated with graduation.

Further costs which students may need to budget for include stationery, binding, storage devices for backing up work, instrument insurance and general subsistence on trips and visits, and any fees which may be required for performers, in student projects, who are external to the conservatoire.

Students may also, by application to the Head of Postgraduate Studies using the Assessment Proposal Form process (see Programme Specification, section 2e), request to present their Specialist Study 3 Independent Creative project at a venue external to Leeds Conservatoire. If approval is granted for an external venue to be used, students will be expected to raise funds independently to cover any costs relating specifically to the venue hire. Use of an external venue for Specialist Study 3 is optional and therefore students are not required to incur additional costs in this way.

PGDip Music

Indicative additional costs relating to the course (this is given as a guide only):

  • Printing – in the majority of cases coursework and assessments are submitted online. However, students may be required to print coursework and assessments for specific offline submissions. Every student will receive printing credit at the start of term.
  • Books/Music – the conservatoire’s library has a wide range of resources, which include many core texts and materials. However, students may be required to, or choose to, purchase their own copy of core text and other materials for particular modules.
  • Instrument Maintenance – this may vary depending on the instrument and whether or not the student is studying performance. Please note that students are expected to provide their own instrument.
  • Course-related Travel – students may be required to, or choose to, travel for gigs and performances, module placements and other course-related trips and visits. This may vary dependent on course, specialism (i.e. performance, composition, production) and the optional modules selected.
  • Student Visas – international students will require appropriate student visas.
  • Computer/Software Purchase – the conservatoire’s mac labs run the latest industry standard DAW software and platforms (i.e. Sibelius, Pro Tools, Logic X, Ableton Live) alongside sample libraries such as Native Instruments Kontakt and East West.

    Students can complete their work for the course using these facilities. However, students may wish to buy their own equipment and software for convenience and access outside of the conservatoire (HE student discount is often available from manufacturers once enrolled).
  • Professional Bodies – students may choose to join a professional body such as the ISM or Musicians Union (both of which offer student membership).
  • Graduation – gown hire and photography are additional costs that are associated with graduation.

Further costs which students may need to budget for include stationery, binding, storage devices for backing up work, instrument insurance and general subsistence on trips and visits, and any fees which may be required for performers, in student projects, who are external to the conservatoire.

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