Visiting University Students

Study Abroad at The National Piping Centre on your travels to Scotland! 

We have two options for studying here with us as part of your Summer or Semester Abroad in Scotland. 

NEW - International Summer School - Exploring Scottish Music, Culture and Heritage with University of Glasgow

This is a unique opportunity for students of traditional Scottish music/piping to study Scottish culture and heritage at the University of Glasgow Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies combined with an exploration of Scottish music, incorporating 1:1 tuition, delivered by the National Piping Centre.

This three week course will give you access to fantastic teaching, as well as a unique chance to experience backstage working with the Piping Live! festival. 

Find out more and register for Summer 2019 by Monday 15th April. 

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Study for a Semester with Us! 

A semester of study here in Scotland at one of this country’s leading Universities may offer a once in a lifetime academic experience. If you want to study piping, this could also give you a summer of piping, the chance to play in a Scottish pipe band, travel around Scotland or compete round the Highland Games.

For students wishing to come to Scotland there are a range of options available through The National Piping Centre which can allow them to continue with their academic work and gain transferable credits to their home educational institutions and obtain qualifications at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Currently, The National Piping Centre collaborates with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The lessons for Glasgow University Students take place at The National Piping Centre's West End venue on Otago Street. At Edinburgh University lessons are held on the main Edinburgh University Campus. 

At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students can take a full length 4 year BA (Scottish Music-Piping) and postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD qualifications.

Study Abroad semesters (approximately 12 weeks duration) are offered through the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow where credit rated piping modules can be combined with other subjects.

There are many Universities abroad which have a partnership arrangement with the Scottish Universities and the process of transferring credits and fees between institutions is well established making it relatively simple for students to enjoy a fabulous international experience.

For more information on the study possibilities at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland click on the following links:

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Undergraduate BMus  with Honours - Find out more

Postgraduate Master of Music (MMus) - Find out more

For more information on the study possibilities at our partner Universities click on the following links:

University of Edinburgh

Undergraduate Course: The Highland Bagpipe: History, Context and Performance - Find out more 

University of Glasgow

Bagpipes: History, Repertoire and Performance - Find out more


If you wish to discuss any of these study options, please contact Finlay MacDonald at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory CVO CBE FRSE MA CA - Lady Oona Ivory DL MA ARCM FRSA - Sandy Grant Gordon CBE MA

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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