2 October, 6pm UK time: deadline for all candidates to submit the UCAS Conservatoires application.

Please see Filling In Your Application For UK Conservatoires via UCAS for further assistance with this process.

These details are for students applying to start their studies at the Academy in September 2024. Applications for 2023 entry are now closed.

Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Admissions Team admissions@ram.ac.uk or the department administrator if you have any queries.

UCAS application and Submitting your Portfolio

The deadline for the Academy to receive both your UCAS Conservatoires application and also your portfolio is 2 October.

Your portfolio should be uploaded into Acceptd: www.app.getacceptd.com/royalacademyofmusic

Scores should be uploaded in PDF format. Please note that after you have pressed Submit it is not possible to add or amend files, but the Admissions Team (admissions@ram.ac.uk) can unlock your profile if you need to add or amend up to the 2 October deadline.

Portfolios uploaded after 2 October may be processed at the discretion of the Head of Composition.

Assessment process

  • Round One: The portfolios (see below) are assessed by the Composition department entry panel. This is the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by an instrumental or vocal candidate to a panel at the Academy. You will be informed around the beginning of November whether you have been selected for interview.
  • Round Two: The interviews for the selected candidates will take place either live or online by video during the main audition period in London in December. In UCAS please indicate your preference for the interview by your 'audition location' choice. You may also be invited to attend a Programme Assessment academic interview where you can discuss your suitability for the course with Academy staff.

Portfolio guidelines

You should submit four pieces which you consider to be your best work and are recent examples of your music. We will accept fewer examples of your work if you haven’t written four pieces. If available, a short programme note can be included for the pieces in the portfolio, but this is not compulsory. There are no style constraints. The panel will be looking for evidence of technical accomplishment with regard to musical construction and a creative, individual and inventive musical voice.

  • Please submit a PDF score of each item and (where possible) a recording.
  • You should also upload a short spoken-English introduction; for details about this please see the video audition section of the website (‘How to prepare your recording’).

If selected for a Round Two interview, after you have discussed your portfolio with the composition panel, you may be asked to have a subsequent interview with one of the undergraduate academic staff, during which you can discuss your study plans. As part of the interview you may be asked some questions about a short extract of music, and be asked to take some aural skills assessments consisting of a sight-singing test and some of the following:

  • singing the middle notes in a chord
  • identification of intervals
  • sight reading of rhythms
  • sight reading of two simultaneous different rhythms, to be sung and clapped.

Sorry, we cannot issue specimen tests.

Portfolio guidelines

You should submit four pieces which you consider to be your best work and are recent examples of your music. If available, a short programme note can be included for the pieces in the portfolio, but this is not compulsory. There are no style constraints. The panel will be looking for evidence of technical accomplishment with regard to musical construction and a creative, individual and inventive musical voice.

  • Please submit a PDF score of each item and (where possible) a recording.
  • You should also upload a short spoken-English introduction; for details about this please see the video audition section of the website (‘How to prepare your recording’).
  • Include any written requirements required for your course choice (see below).

If selected for a Round Two interview, after you have discussed your portfolio with the composition panel you may be invited to attend a Programme Assessment where you can discuss your suitability for your course with Academy academic staff.

Academic written requirements

Applicants for the Master of Music (MMus) course need to submit written requirements, please view these on the entry requirements page of the website.

All Master of Music candidates are automatically considered for Master of Arts, so if you are also interested in MA study you should only apply for MMus because there will only be one assessment.

You are not tied to the programme choice in your application; the programme length and pathway can be discussed and adjusted as appropriate.

Application Fee

We assess everyone who applies on time and pays their application and assessment fee.

Information on the assessment fee and waivers can be found in the 'Your Application' pages.