Guildhall School of Music and Drama Masters

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Masters

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Masters

Postgraduate Study in Music

The Guildhall School offers one of the world’s most innovative packages of postgraduate study. Qualifications available include:

*PGDip available on completion of specified modules.

Performance Pathway

The Performance Pathway offers the following Professional Specialisms:

  • Strings, Wind, Brass and Percussion Players: Advanced Instrumental Studies, Chamber Music and Orchestral Artistry in association with the LSO.
  • Keyboard Players: Advanced Instrumental Studies, Chamber Music and courses for Accompanists and Repetiteurs
  • Singers: Vocal Studies and Opera
  • Historical Performance and Jazz musicians: specific courses tailored to each area of specialist need

Composition Pathway

Composers follow a programme which includes individual lessons, classes and opportunities for live performance of their compositions and projects outside the School.

Find out more about the Composition pathway >

Leadership Pathway

The Leadership students follow an innovative programme building on the pioneering work of the School in ensemble and creative activity.

Find out more about the Leadership pathway >

Music Therapy

Aspiring Music Therapists: an intensive package of clinical, theoretical and practical activity.

Find out more about our MA Music Therapy >

Opera Making & Writing

Composers and writers focus on the creation of new opera, in association with the Royal Opera House.

Find out more about the MA Opera Making & Writing >

Artist Diploma

A highly sought-after post-Master’s programme for musicians of the highest calibre who are set to embark on an international career.

Find out more about the Artist Diploma >

MPhil/DMus or MPhil/PhD

Composers and performers follow a unique and distinctive doctoral programme exploring their own creative research by taking advantage of the School’s performing resource and well-established external partnerships.

Find out more about our Doctoral programmes, including the Composer-in-Residence Doctoral Studentship offered in collaboration with the Royal Opera House.

PGCert Performance Teaching

Performance Teaching is a new programme, designed to support professional musicians, actors, theatre technicians and dancers who teach as part of their practice as performers or in undertaking a portfolio career. Find out more about this course.


For all programmes, selection is by audition (20 to 30 minutes). Read more about audition requirements, and how to apply.

Auditions also take place in New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo on an annual basis (NB overseas audition venues are not available for every Music programme – for further information see the auditions page)

How to apply

Apply using our online application form

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