Application dates

Information about applying to the Academy is available in a range of alternative formats. Please contact the Registry staff to request details in a format that suits you. Once you are ready to apply, UCAS Conservatoires can help you with the application process.

You should use UCAS Conservatoires to apply for all Academy auditions, except those for the MPhil research degree and for study abroad or ERASMUS exchange and study abroad placements.

Applications for September 2018 entry.

You can use use our online search form to find the best study option for you.

2nd October 2017 is the main application deadline for our London auditions in December, and for auditions in our East Asia centres and in Sydney. The deadline is later for some applications, details of those are given below.

If you miss the deadline for your application, please contact before submitting a late application. We can normally consider late applications if there are still places available.

If you live in the UK or Europe, you must attend the main London auditions. We also recommend this for other international candidates, but you may prefer to attend our centres in North America or Asia and Australia if your Principal Study/Programme is auditioned there.

Musical Theatre: we are planning to hold auditions in New York, you can view details here for the session we held in February 2017.

Application Timetable

Click here to see the application timetable for studies starting in September 2018

2nd October 2017 deadline: 18:00 UK time BST

This is the application deadline for most London auditions and video applications, and for receipt Composition portfolios (except MPhil).

October application deadlines for East Asia audition centres are set by the local centre coordinator. You are guaranteed an audition if you apply by 2nd October. If you apply after that date, you will be included if there is space left in the audition timetable so please contact the local centre coordinator.

There are later deadlines for:

  • Musical Theatre; Video audition recordings (1 November)
  • Orchestral Conducting, Choral Conducting, Continuing Professional Development Diploma, Research Degree (MPhil/PhD), Repetiteurs, Auditions in North America (January 2018)

Mid-October 2017

Auditions in Sydney

1st November 2017 deadline

This is the application deadline for Musical Theatre department applications (live audition or video), for Orchestral Conducting (UCAS Conservatoires application plus your first-round video recording upload to DecisionDesk)

Deadline for receipt of video audition recordings for all eligible Principal Studies.

References: This is the deadline for UCAS Conservatoires references to be received for December auditions in London, East Asia and Australia.

Early November 2017

Your audition date and time for auditions in London in December are sent to you through UCAS Conservatoires Track. (Musical Theatre candidates are notified slightly later; see below).

Notification of dates for auditions in East Asia and Australia.

Mid-November 2017

Musical Theatre department December audition dates in London are sent through UCAS Conservatoires Track

Confirmation of first-round assessment results for composition candidates, and notification of composition interview dates for the selected candidates through UCAS Conservatoires Track.

Your audition date and time for auditions in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo will be confirmed.

Late November 2017

Auditions take place in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo. Please see the Auditions in East Asia and Australia web page for details about these auditions.

29 November to 15 December 2017

Main audition session in London.
You should expect to be called on any date during this session, but please note that we do not audition every Principal Study on each day of the session and some Principal Studies may only have a single day of auditions.

This session does not include Orchestral Conducting, Choral Conducting, Continuing Professional Development Diploma or MPhil/PhD, those are assessed in the Spring term and have a January application deadline (see below).

Late December

Results from the London,  East Asia audition sessions are issued through UCAS Conservatoires before Christmas, after the end of the London audition session. Please make sure that you have paid for all your UCAS Conservatoires applications – you cannot receive your result if there is any debt on your UCAS Conservatoires account.

8th January 2018 deadline

Application deadline for Choral Conducting and for Repetiteur (auditioned in London), and for auditions in North America.


Notification of Orchestral Conducting first-round results, confirmation to selected candidates of the time for their second-round assessment (live audition)

15th January 2018 deadline

Application deadline for the MPhil/PhD research degree applications, and for the Continuing Professional Development Diploma (CPD)

Late January 2018

Audition times for Orchestral Conducting, Choral Conducting, Repetiteur, and for auditions in North America will be notified through UCAS Conservatoires Track.

31st January 2018

Response deadline for December offers.

Deadline for Research Degree references, and for UCAS Conservatoires references to be received for February auditions

Bursary application deadline for eligible postgraduate and international students.

February 2018

Confirmation of first-stage assessment results for MPhil candidates and notification of interview dates where appropriate.

Auditions in London:
Orchestral Conducting second-round auditions (two day process) : dates to be confirmed
Choral Conducting: (one day process) : dates to be confirmed
CPD auditions (dates to be confirmed)
Repetiteur auditions (date to be confirmed)

Results are issued through UCAS Conservatoires usually within one month of the audition date.

Auditions in North America:
Musical Theatre auditions are planned to be held in New York, for information please click here.  

For other principal studies, the February New York audition session dates will be confirmed on this page.
Results are issued through UCAS Conservatoires Track, usually within one month of the audition date.

CPD audition times will be notified through UCAS Conservatoires Track.

1st March 2018

Inbound ERASMUS and Study Abroad (Year Abroad) application deadline.

Early March 2018

Interviews for MPhil/PhD research degree. Results are usually issued by post within three weeks of the interview date.

May 2018

ERASMUS and Study Abroad results. Results are usually issued directly to candidates’ Exchange/Study Abroad coordinators in their own institution.


Other important dates

April onwards: Invoices are emailed by the Finance Department. Tuition Fee Deposit payment is due 4 weeks after the issue date of the invoice.

1st May: IELTS/Pearson test results must reach the Academy Registry.

From 1st May: US Federal Loan applications can be made, for processing during July.

May: UK Student Finance applications should be completed during this month.

June: Visa applications can be made after getting a sponsor number (CAS), requested from the Academy Registry.

July: Send a copy of your matriculation document (except recent A-levels) to the Academy Registry, with an official translation into English if the document is not in English.
The Academy's ‘information pack’ web link for new students is sent by email.

August: Return ‘information pack’ forms to the Academy Registry.

Recent A-level results are sent to the Academy directly through UCAS.

September: Enrolment commences. We will need to see your original matriculation document and your passport.