Postgraduate Fees & Funding

Find out how much it costs to study the MA/PgDip Music course and what financial support is available.

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This information is for Home and EU residents. If you are an International applicant you can find relevant information in our International section

EU students: The UK Department for Education confirmed on 28th May 2019, that EU students commencing study in 2020 will remain eligible to pay the same tuition fee as UK Home students, and will remain eligible for the existing tuition fee loan scheme, for the duration of their studies, regardless of whether Brexit has been implemented. From September 2021 you will need to apply for a visa however specific immigration rules for EU citizens who are studying are not yet clear. This page will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.

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


Tuition Fees for 2020 Entry 

Course

UCAS Conservatoires
Course Code

Tuition Fee

MA Music (Full time) 

W33F

£10,000

PgDip Music (Full time)

W41F

£6,670

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

See our Tuition Fee Policy 2020-21

Alumni Discount
A discount of 10% is available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree at Leeds Conservatoire and who subsequently proceed to the MA Music.


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.


Funding options

Download our guide to Postgraduate funding at Leeds Conservatoire.

Student Loans for Masters Courses

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

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

England / EU

Funding: Non-income assessed Masters loan of up to £11,222 paid to student.

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

Find out more: Gov.uk - Masters Loan

Wales

Funding: Up to £17,000 as a combination of grant and loan.

Income requirements: Income below £18,370-max grant =£6885 + loan=£10,115.

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 £18,935.

Find out more: Student Finance NI

Scotland

Funding: Non-income assessed fee loan of up to £5,500 paid to university & ML of up to £4,500.

Repayment: Repay at 9% of income above the threshold – currently £18,330.

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 PG Dip) 
  • The loans are not be 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

Home students who have an offer of a place on the MA 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 June for 2020 entry.

Please print and complete the attached application form and return it with evidence, as specified on the form.


Scholarships and other sources of funding

Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarship

Four scholarships of £10,000 are available annually to UK applicants to cover the full tuition fees for the MA course, for those who are in financial need and who can demonstrate outstanding potential as part of the standard application process.

Applications are now closed for 2020 entry. Four scholarships will be available for 2021 entry. 

Help Musicians UK – Postgraduate Pop Awards 2020

Applicants can apply directly to Help Musicians for financial support, for performance related studies. The average amount awarded is £2,780 and applicants are assessed according to financial need, musical potential, and ability to sustain a career. Applicants must be UK residents for at least 3 years prior to application. The closing date is 25th May 2020

Read the full information here: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/creative-programme/current-opportunities/pop-awards

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Postgraduate applicants can apply for awards from £2,000 to £4,000. This is open to classical and jazz performers, and composers. 

For more information see: www.munstertrust.org.uk/awards/funding-available

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

Download the flyer (PDF)

Applications are now closed for 2020 entry.

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. www.ylce.org

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/

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