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

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2023.

Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition 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.

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

Video candidates: 28 October deadline to upload audition recordings (including the spoken introduction) into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page. You will need to create a profile in the Acceptd portal into which you upload your audition recording, the list of all the works in your programme, any written requirements and your Spoken English introduction.

Audition requirements

Live audition

You should offer a free-choice programme of solo piano music (not concerto repertoire) with a minimum of two works, and your programme should be a minimum of 30 minutes long for undergraduate candidates, or 40 minutes long for postgraduate candidates. This can include movements rather than complete works (ie a movement of a sonata), and should show a wide diversity of character and style, as well as evidence of technical accomplishment. We suggest including music in a classical or Baroque style; a romantic work; and something 20th century or contemporary.

Please note: Your programme should be played from memory, though complex contemporary music may be played from the score. The audition panel will ask you to choose one item from the programme, and then the panel will select the other items they wish to hear.

Video audition

You should offer a free-choice programme of solo piano music (not concerto repertoire) with a minimum of two works, and your video should be in one take. Your programme should be 30 minutes long for undergraduate candidates, or 40 minutes long for postgraduate candidates.

Your audition video can include movements rather than complete works (ie a movement of a sonata), and should show a wide diversity of character and style, as well as evidence of technical accomplishment. We suggest including music in a classical or Baroque style; a romantic work; and something 20th century or contemporary.

Please note: Your programme should be played from memory, though complex contemporary music may be played from the score.

Undergraduate applicants

You may be asked to have a subsequent interview with one of the undergraduate academic staff, during which you can discuss your study plans and 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.

Postgraduate applicants

You may be asked to have a subsequent interview with one of the postgraduate programme tutors where you can discuss your study plans.

Written requirements

Applicants for the Master of Music (MMus), Professional Diploma (ProfDip) and Advanced Diploma (Performance) courses need to submit written requirements, please view these on the entry requirements page of the website.

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.