Royal Blood Scholarship

Brighton's own announces scholarship with WaterBear - The College of Music

Award-winning rock duo, Royal Blood, have announced their scholarship with WaterBear – The College of Music. Hailing from Brighton, Royal Blood have an instant connection to the music college which is based in the famous North Laines in the city.

The scholarship will cover all tuition fees for one lucky student throughout their degree at WaterBear. The course eligible for scholarship is BA (Hons) Career Musician which can be studied on-site in Brighton, or online via distance learning – this gives musicians the choice to study in a way that suits them from wherever they are in the world. Music has no boundaries. With a commitment to smaller class sizes, flexible course delivery and one-to-one mentoring, WaterBear represents a fresh approach to Higher Education.

Royal Blood says:

“We’re excited to team up with WaterBear for this scholarship and support an artist on their journey into a career in music. We look forward to meeting the other musicians studying at the college too.”

The BA (Hons) Career Musician degree is designed to give you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical strategies to forge your own career. The degree is built on three fundamental elements – your music, your career and your projects. It deals with what really matters in the industry. It will expand your options and push you to create original, boundary-shifting music. It’s fully accredited and runs in close partnership with one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

  1. Email
  2. Provide a personal statement telling us about your background, your music and why you would benefit from this scholarship. Tell us where you would like to take your music in the future. This can be submitted in a written format (approx. 1000 words) or a video (approx. 5 minutes).Include links to at least 3 filmed or recorded performances. These can be studio or live performances; phone video is fine and audio quality needs to be good enough that we can clearly identify the parts and performances. If you are sending a collaborative performance, please make your own contribution clear.
  3. It is very important that you confirm in the email that you have read and understood the Terms & Conditions (see below).
  4. WaterBear will be in contact shortly afterwards to schedule a consultation to discuss your scholarship application and also the degree course itself. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about Brighton or the course.
  5. For consultation guidelines, please visit
  1. The scholarship is open to new and existing students, including those who have applied or are in the process of doing so.
  2. For new students, the scholarship award covers the entire tuition fee for the 3-year BA (Hons) Career Musician course if studied on-site, or alternatively the 2-year course if studied online.
  3. The recipient of the scholarship will choose which mode of study they’d like to select – on-site or online.
  4. For existing students, the scholarship award covers the remainder of their tuition fees.
  5. It is important to note that the scholarship does not cover living expenses. However, the 3-year on-site degree does qualify for the normal maintenance loan. Currently, fully online degrees do not qualify for a maintenance loan.
  6. The scholarship winner will be chosen by an independent industry panel whose decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into after the winner is announced.
  7. This is a degree qualification and so the normal entry requirements apply. WaterBear welcomes applications from non-standard applicants and mature students. If in doubt, ask, and we will advise on your suitability for the course.
  8. International applications are welcome, but please note WaterBear does not have Tier 4 status. This means that, depending on your nationality, you may not have the option of studying on-site. WaterBear can offer the online degree to a person of any nationality.
  9. The scholarship winner will agree to partake in public relations activity relating to the scholarship and to provide quotes and updates where appropriate.
  10. There is no cash or cash equivalent associated with this scholarship. Withdrawing from the degree early means you forgo the scholarship.

Why WaterBear?

Tardigrade (AKA Water Bear)

  • Micro-animal that is found everywhere, in all extreme climates
  • The most resilient creature known to humanity. Survives and adapts to its surroundings
  • This resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do