Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a national and international centre of excellence for performing arts education.

Established in 1847 as a national academy of music, the Conservatoire is now one of the world’s most multi-disciplinary conservatoires, offering specialised and intensive teaching in dance, drama, music, production and screen.

Currently, more than 1000 students are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at RCS across all of specialisms.

Located in the heart of Glasgow city centre, RCS is also the nation’s busiest performing arts centre with more than 500 public performances taking place across five professional venues each year.


Majors available

All disciplines. * Recording Arts is not offered as a major within the B.Mus structure, but RCS offers a related BA Production Technology and Management programme.




(Fall): end September - first week of February

(Spring): second week of February - mid June


Places available

2 per semester

Housing & Health Insurance                      

Students may opt to stay in student halls of residence, Liberty House (which is 15 minutes walk from the Conservatoire), or arrange their own private accommodation. Application forms for Liberty House are sent out by email to applicants with unconditional and conditional offers in May with reservations being secured on a first-come-first-served basis. Housing at Liberty House costs £135 per week which includes all utility bills, personal contents insurance and free internet access.

General Expenses            

Located in the heart of central Scotland, Glasgow is easy to travel to, with two international airports and train stations offering connections to the rest of the world. Students can travel from Glasgow to London in one hour on a plane, Edinburgh is a 50-minute train ride away and Manchester is a three-hour drive from Scotland’s unofficial capital. The national park of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is within a 45-minute drive of the city centre, with the breath-taking highlands and islands beyond.

Students will also find it easy and inexpensive to get around Glasgow. The city centre is small and compact; you can walk from one end of the city to the other in less than an hour. Transport links are excellent and some students use the famous Glasgow subway to get around the city quickly for a low cost. Most students walk or cycle to RCS each day, and Glasgow has a city-wide bike hire scheme. Student living costs in Glasgow – including accommodation – are estimated at £114.92 per week (RBS Student Living Index 2015). Liberty House, the RCS student accommodation, is only a ten-minute walk away from RCS so transport costs are low. Students also receive a free ticket to every RCS show held in their venues – this means free access to hundreds of performances each year.