Royal Academy Opera is a specialist and intensive Postgraduate Advanced Diploma for singers with the potential and aspiration to succeed as principals at the highest international standard.

Interested in joining us? This page contains practical information on how to apply to the Academy

Applications for all courses are made through UCAS Conservatoires, with the exception of exchange and study abroad placements.

Applications for 2025 entry open in UCAS Conservatoires from 10 July 2024.

Simply register for an online account to begin your application. Your application does not have to be completed all at once – you can save it and return at a later time. Please refer to the UCAS Conservatoires handy step-by-step guide for further assistance.


Our UCAS Conservatoires ID is R53

In most cases, you will only have to submit one application.

If you would like to be considered for different courses in the same specialism, for example MMus piano and MA piano, please apply for the higher-level course through UCAS Conservatoires. We can adjust your course choice at a later date if necessary. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Admissions Team.

You will need to create an application profile in Acceptd after you have submitted your UCAS Conservatoires application, information about this is on the Audition Requirements page for the Department you wish to join.

Please note, you will need two application choices in your UCAS profile and your Acceptd account if you want to be considered for:

Candidate Guide to Acceptd

For most courses, the closing date for submitting your application in UCAS Conservatoires is 2 October 2024, 18:00 (UK time). There are exceptions to this, all the Academy deadlines are shown in the table below.

For Academy deadlines after 2 October, please disregard the default 2 October UCAS deadline seen in UCAS Conservatoires.

Please note - these details are for students applying to start their studies at the Academy in September 2025.

Applications for 2025 entry open in UCAS Conservatoires from 10 July 2024.



UCAS Conservatoires Application
For most courses with in-person London auditions, or auditions by video (video interviews for Composition).

2 October 2024, 18:00 (UK time)

Composition portfolio submission
- In Acceptd, with your spoken English video introduction and any written requirements required for your course choice.

2 October 2024, 18:00 (UK time)

Acceptd profile submission with audition recordings (Video candidates, Jazz candidates)
- With referee contact details, spoken English introduction, and any written requirements required for your course choice.

See below for the deadlines for round one recordings for Musical Theatre, Musical Direction and Coaching, Orchestral Conducting, Choral Conducting, CPD, Repetiteur, and for New York pre-screening recordings

25 October 2024, 12:00 midday UK time

We recommend uploading early in the day, before the site gets busy. When your file upload is shown as 'processing', it's in the Acceptd system and you can exit the page or add another file.

Acceptd profile submission (London in-person candidates)
- With referee contact details, and any written requirements required for your course choice.

25 October 2024, 12:00 midday UK time

We recommend uploading early in the day, before the site gets busy

Musical Theatre

- UCAS Conservatoires application deadline
- Video upload deadline (Acceptd)

To be confirmed

Orchestral Conducting
- UCAS Conservatoires Application

1 November 2024

Musical Direction and Coaching
- UCAS Conservatoires application deadline
- Video upload deadline (Acceptd)

To be confirmed
New York
- UCAS Conservatoires application deadline
- Acceptd application profile submission deadline, including pre-screening recordings, referee contact details, spoken English video introduction, and any written requirements required for your course choice.
Please see the guidance in the 'International Auditions' section of our Auditions page.
1 November 2024
Orchestral Conducting
- Video upload deadline (Acceptd)
15 November 2024, 09:00 UK time

Choral Conducting
- UCAS Conservatoires application deadline
- Video upload deadline (Acceptd)

6 January 2025, 12:00 midday UK time

Research Degree (MPhil/PhD),
Continuing and Professional Development Diploma (CPD)

- UCAS Conservatoires application deadline

10 January 2025, 12:00 midday UK time

CPD Diploma
- Document submission deadline

- Video upload deadline (Acceptd)

17 January 2025, 12:00 midday UK time

Research degree

- Supporting items upload deadline (Acceptd)

31 January 2025, 09:00 UK time

Study Abroad and Exchange
- Application deadline (Acceptd)

15 March 2025

- Financial assistance deadline
21 March 2025

International candidates are welcome to audition either in London or by video. We also offer in-person auditions for most principal studies/specialisms in New York. Please see the section above for application deadlines.

For more information about New York auditions, see the International Auditions section of our Auditions page.

If you have missed the deadline specified for your course, please contact our admissions team before submitting a late application.

There is no separate application process for entrance scholarships. These are awarded on merit, after audition (or composition interview).

For more details, see Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries.


  • The Academy assessment fee payable directly to UCAS Conservatoires is £100 and you also will need to pay the £28.50 UCAS Conservatoires registration fee. Payment is made online to UCAS when you submit the application.
  • Assessment fees do not apply to Répétiteur candidates
  • Fees are payable by credit/debit card in the UCAS Conservatoires online payment system when submitting your application.
  • If you experience problems with the payment system please contact UCAS directly for assistance and guidance about other possible payment methods.


  • If you withdraw your Academy application before your entrance assessment, you won’t be entitled to a refund of the Academy fee unless you withdraw within 14 days of submitting the application to UCAS; the Academy will notify UCAS and you should receive the Academy fee from UCAS Conservatoires.
  • If you completely withdraw your whole UCAS Conservatoires application within 14 days of submitting it, UCAS Conservatoires will refund your payment directly to you, including the UCAS registration fee.

Please note, the UCAS Conservatoires £28.50 registration fee cannot be waived and must be paid.

Application fee waivers may be granted for candidates (or their parent or legal guardian if the candidate is under 28) in receipt of the following UK government benefits:

  • 16-19 Bursary Fund
  • EMA
  • Disabled Students Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Tax Credits

Please submit up-to-date documentary evidence of the benefit (scanned and attached to an email) to, quoting your UCAS Conservatoires personal ID number. If the benefit recipient is your parent or legal guardian, please also send a document confirming their relationship to you (e.g. a scan of your longform birth certificate including parent names). If the documentation is not in English, we must also receive an English translation certified by an official translator.
Please do not send bank statements, tax documents, or wage slips.

You will need to start your UCAS Conservatoires application in order to generate your ID number and you will need to pay the £28.50 UCAS registration fee, but do not pay the Academy fee.

More information about submitting your application and only paying the UCAS application charge can be found on the UCAS website here.

Please allow at least five working days for your request to be processed. We regret that assessments for our application fee waivers cannot be made after the panel assessment has taken place.

Travel Costs

The Academy will be pleased to support audition travel costs for students receiving the application fee waiver. This is available for UK domiciled students under 27 years old up to the cost of £100 for one person’s standard-class public transport return travel, from their home to the Academy.

Guidelines for new candidates

  • Put your referee details (including their email address) into your Acceptd profile application. Acceptd will contact them directly when you submit the application; then they can upload a reference document, or they can type the reference directly into the Acceptd system.
    We ask that the referee responses for video applications and our December auditions are in Acceptd by the end of November.
  • You will need two references, each from a separate referee
  • Referees cannot be family, relatives or close friends
  • Referees should not send references by email or post to the Academy (please only use the Acceptd portal)
  • See the UCAS Conservatoires guidance for information on suitable referees, and the contents of a reference. There is also UCAS guidance for mature students.
  • Because we use Acceptd for your references, you do not need to have the references in your UCAS Conservatoires application.
    In the UCAS Conservatoires application you can tick the box to say that the references are being sent separately. You will need to complete the referee details boxes, but UCAS will not contact them and you will be able to submit your application.
  • If your referees have already put references into UCAS Conservatoires, or are doing so because you are also applying to other conservatoires in UCAS, when they get the Acceptd request they only need to write "In UCAS".

Guidelines for existing Academy students (excluding exchange and study abroad students)

If you are currently enrolled at the Academy and are applying for a new course with the same principal study (specialism):

  • You will need one academic reference from either your current academic tutor (postgraduates) or Head of Year (undergraduates) - please refer to your course handbook. The referee should not be your Head of Department.
  • Input your academic referee's details into both of the fields in Acceptd.
  • You do not need a practical reference from your Principal Study teacher,
However, if you are applying for a new course with a different Principal Study, we will need the academic reference from your tutor/Head of Year and also a practical reference from your professor.
  • We ask that the referee responses are in Acceptd by the end of November (for video applications and our December auditions).
  • If you are a Postgraduate Vocal Studies student at the Academy applying for Royal Academy Opera we do not require a reference.

We expect to publish audition and interview date notifications by email at the following times, please check your junk mailbox in case the message is caught in your spam filter:

Audition notification / Interview notification

Expected Publication Date


Early November

Musical Theatre (London recalls)

Spring term

Orchestral Conducting


Choral Conducting, Répétiteur, Continuing Professional Development


New York recallsMid-January

Research Degree (first stage)


Results will be issued through your UCAS Conservatoires Hub after the Academy’s Selection Board has finalised their decision. For most studies, this is usually before Christmas in December.

Results for Exchange/Study Abroad applications are usually issued in May via your coordinator.

Read Understanding your result for more information.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your application and we have responded, you can read more about your UCAS offer and how to respond to it here.

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