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Graduate Diploma in Jazz

SQF level 8 (40 credits; 20 ECTS points)

The Graduate Diploma in Jazz provides a professional training in jazz performance skills with supporting theoretical studies, building on learning gained in the Scottish Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Jazz (now discontinued). 

Aimed at professional and semi-professional musicians, who are eager to develop their work in this style, either for performance or teaching, the Graduate Diploma runs throughout the academic year and consists of study days, contact days, and a final study weekend in St Andrews, combined with distance learning.

The course is held in the Music Centre, currently based at Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews, and re-locating to the brand new, purpose built Laidlaw Music Centre in early 2020.

Director: Richard Ingham
(Honorary Professor of Jazz Education)

Richard Ingham is an internationally renowned saxophonist, composer, conductor, educator and writer. Numerous works have been written for him and performances have included world and UK premieres. Richard's educational work has taken him across the globe and his extensive teaching experience at every level has made him much in demand as a consultant and presenter. He directed the XVI World Saxophone Congress in 2012 and is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone.

Keyboard tutor: Richard Michael BEM
(Honorary Professor of Jazz Piano)

Richard Michael is one of Scotland's most versatile musicians who has influenced a generation of teachers and students with his innovative methods of teaching improvisation through 40 years' work with the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra and a career as educator, composer and performer. Recent awards have included the British Empire Medal for services to music education and the Education Award in the 2013 Scottish Jazz Awards.


'A most memorable and excellent course with fantastic tutors.'
'The balance between practical sessions and lectures was spot on.'
'Brilliant course, learned lots. Definitely suffering jazz course withdrawal symptoms!'


Study day 1
Sunday 29 September 2019: 11am to 5.30pm

Contact day 1
Sunday 13 October 2019: 10am to 2pm

Study day 2
Sunday 3 November 2019: 11am to 5.30pm

Contact day 2
Saturday 18 January 2020: 10am to 2pm

Study day 3
Sunday 9 February 2020: 11am to 5.30pm

Contact day 3
Sunday 15 March 2020: 10am to 2pm

Study weekend
Saturday 30 May 2020: 4pm to 9pm
Sunday 31 May 2020: 9.30am to 4pm

Fees and funding

The cost of the course is £570. This is payable in three instalments:

  • £100 upon registration
  • £235 on each of the first two study days.  

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.

Payment may be made through the University's online shop. Please do not pay anything until you have a confirmed place.

The St Andrews Graduate Diploma in Jazz course is approved for funding by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). A SAAS part-time fee grant of up to £428 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.


Before submitting the application form, please email to discuss whether the course is right for you.


Music Centre

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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2233