RNCM Marshall Scholarship

This Scholarship is for Graduate Study at the Royal Northern College of Music and will be for up to two years (with a possibility of a third year). If awarded a RNCM Marshall Scholarship candidates would be expected to study at the RNCM.

General Information

Located in the heart of Manchester, the RNCM is a leading international conservatoire and thriving live music venue, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors, composers and artists from all over the world.

Founded in 1973 through the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music and Northern School of Music, the RNCM is home to around 320 teaching staff and over 800 students from 60 countries. Each year the College presents in excess of 400 live performances, ensuring students receive unparalleled opportunities to perform regularly to public audiences and to work alongside professional musicians and visiting artists. 

Fast Facts

The RNCM succeeds because of its vibrant and diverse community. Everyone plays an essential part in maintaining its status as one of the most exciting and forward-thinking conservatoires, ensuring it’s a destination of choice for talented young musicians. Academic and professional services staff work tirelessly to create a world-class teaching and learning environment, and students and alumni never fail to impress with the incredible things they achieve – both on and off stage.

The College has received the highest Gold status in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework, and is still the UK’s leading music college for research. It’s also the recipient of two Times Higher Education Awards (for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts and Outstanding International Student Strategy) and a Global Teaching Excellence Spotlight Award, all of which highlight its commitment to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to create an incredible future, inspired by music.


Over 100,000 students call Manchester their home, and it’s not hard to see why. This vibrant city has it all: a rich and varied music scene, a proud history of science and industry, nightlife, culture and politics, and a host of famous sports venues.

Known the world over for talent and innovation, Manchester seeps with music of all genres and the RNCM is proud to be part of it. Not only is it home to the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata, but bands such as The Hollies, Bee Gees, 10cc, Buzzcocks, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, Oasis and Elbow also have their roots here.

With venues ranging from the impressive Manchester Arena to the stunning Bridgewater Hall, there are plenty of opportunities to see classical and contemporary performers, alongside international artists, every day of the week. And the College, from its base on Oxford Road, is perfectly placed to enjoy it all.