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Jazz diplomas

Jazz courses

The University of St Andrews jazz courses were established in 1994 and since then have grown steadily in popularity.

The courses are aimed at professional, semi-professional and aspiring musicians, who are eager to develop their work in this style, either for performance or teaching.

The Advanced Diploma and Graduate Diploma run throughout the academic year and consist of study days, contact days and a final study weekend in St Andrews, combined with distance learning.

The courses are held in the Music Centre based at Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews. This large building houses a concert hall seating up to 1,000 people and is the main concert venue in St Andrews. It hosts performances by professional and amateur musicians, including regular visits by the University’s Orchestra in Residence the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a series of chamber music concerts by internationally renowned artists, weekly Wednesday lunchtime concerts, jazz nights and much more.

Advanced Diploma in Jazz - SCQF Level 8

This course is now full.

Originally building on learning gained in the Scottish Certificate (now discontinued), the aim of the Advanced Diploma in Jazz is to expand the academic understanding and extend the performance skills of jazz musicians.

Graduate Diploma in Jazz - SCQF Level 8

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Jazz is to provide a professional training in jazz performance skills with supporting theoretical studies.

Fees and funding

The cost of each course is £550. This is payable in three instalments: £100 upon registration, followed by £225 on each of the first two study days. Payment may be made through the University's online shop.

Course fees are non-refundable. If after the first study day you decide that you do not wish to continue with the course, you must notify the course coordinator in writing within seven days.

The St Andrews jazz courses are approved for funding by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). The SAAS part-time fee grant is available for students who are ordinarily resident in Scotland and have an individual income of £25,000 or less. For more information please see the SAAS part-time fee grant page.



Music Centre

Younger Hall
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AJ
Scotland, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2233