Below are the annual tuition fees for full-time programmes for the 2020/21 academic year.


UK/EU fees

International fees




MA and PGCert (except Musical Theatre) (1-year intensive)



MA and PGCert (except Musical Theatre) (2-year standard)



MMus (1-year intensive)



MMus (2-year standard)






MPhil/PhD writing-up



Study Abroad (pro-rata for part-year attendance)



Gap Year, Organ Foundation



Musical Theatre MA and PGCert



Musical Direction & Coaching MA and PGCert



Musical Direction & Coaching Professional Diploma



Advanced Diploma (Royal Academy Opera)



Advanced Diploma (Performance)



Professional Diploma



Continuing Professional Development Diploma



The fees stated above are for one academic year and are subject to an annual increase (normally between 2% and 5%).

Tuition fees for UK and EU undergraduate students on the BMus programme are aligned with the maximum tuition fee cap set by the UK government.

There is no fee difference for students on ELQ status; they will pay the UK/EU rate.

The Finance Department will email an invoice to the address you have given us, with details of the payment schedule. Annual tuition fees are payable in advance, with a 25% deposit normally due in April or May (later for students already studying at the Academy), and the remaining balance by mid-August. Please ensure you inform the Academy‘s Registry ( if your email address changes. Receipts are only issued on request.

Please note that UK or EU students on the BMus programme with a tuition fee loan (see Loans section) from the Student Loans Company only need to provide the loan confirmation letter. If you do not use a loan to cover the fee, the full fee must be paid by mid-August.

If you need a Tier 4 Student Visa to commence your studies here, the amount the Academy has received for your tuition fee payment will be included in your UKVI online visa application record (the CAS statement).

Paying by bank transfer

The Academy’s bank details are:
Lloyds Bank plc
185 Baker Street, London NW1 6XB
Account Name: Royal Academy of Music FEES Account
Account Number: 34945468
Sort Code: 30-90-39
IBAN: GB95 LOYD 3090 3934 9454 68

Reference: Please use your student reference number as the reference number for all tuition fee payments. You will find this on your invoice.

Any transaction charges must be paid by you and not by the Academy.

International student fee payments

If you’re an international student, you may also use Flywire to make payments in your home currency and to eliminate bank fees. You may also pay by international credit/debit card.

Any transaction charges must be paid by you and not by the Academy.

Policy documents

The Academy’s terms and conditions regarding tuition refunds and compensation can be found below.

The Academy's information on tuition fee debt and how it is handled can be found below.

Refunds and compensation policy
Tuition fee debt policy

BMus students from the UK and EU can provide their household income details to Student Finance when applying for a loan. If the income is below a certain amount, they will receive a student fee waiver.

  • Students whose household income is £25,000 or below will automatically receive a £3,000 fee waiver.
  • Students whose household income is between £25,001 and £33,500 will automatically receive a £2,000 fee waiver.

UK students – your household income details will be drawn from HMRC records after you’ve completed your online loan application and consented to share your details.

EU students – because you cannot apply online for a tuition fee loan, you must download, print and complete the loan application on paper and return it as instructed on the form. You will then be emailed a link to a bursary form, which you print out, complete and return by post to the Student Finance EU Office with the requested documentation.

Your household income will be put into the Student Finance system and if you meet the eligibility criteria for the fee waiver, your tuition fee liability will be adjusted downwards by £3,000 or £2,000 by Student Finance. This will be done around the end of April.

Please note that from the 2021/22 academic year, the fee waiver will be replaced by a Waiver Bursary so the calculated amount will be paid to your UK bank account through the Student Finance system in three termly instalments.

Most UK and EU students will be entitled to pay fees at the ‘home’ rate provided they meet certain conditions, which are summarised below (see How We Determine Your Fee Status).

Following Brexit, the government has confirmed that EU students beginning study in 2020 will still pay the same fees as UK students ('home fees'), for the duration of their course. However, from the 2021/22 academic year EU nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status.

Home (UK/EU) fees for degree programmes are subsidised by the UK government and are therefore lower than the standard (international) tuition fees. In determining fees classification, the Academy applies The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and The Student Fees (Qualifying Courses and Persons) (England) Regulations 2007.

A full explanation of these regulations is on UKCISA’s website. We recommend you consult the UKCISA website if you are uncertain about your status and for the latest information about fee eligibility for the 2021/22 academic year.

The Academy‘s Admissions Manager is also happy to advise. As a brief guide, for the 2020/21 academic year you will be eligible to pay UK/EU fees if you fall into one of the three categories below.

Most assessments are based on your situation on the ‘First day of the academic year’ (called the Key Date below). This is 1 September preceding the start of your study programme. For example, the Key Date is 1 September 2020 if you begin studying at the Academy in September 2020.

You are eligible for UK fees if:

  1. You have ‘settled’ status in the UK on the Key Date, meaning that you are a British citizen or have been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period or you have a certificate of right of abode AND
  2. On the Key Date you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for a minimum of three years (temporary absence does not affect this) AND
  3. Your main purpose for being in the UK at any point over that three years was not full-time education.

You are eligible for EU fees if:

  1. On the Key Date there is an EU national in your family. This person must be you or a closely related family member. UKCISA has more details about relevant family members AND
  2. On the Key Date you have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland (or, if you are an EU national, in relevant overseas territories: see UKCISA’s website) for a minimum of three years (temporary absence does not affect this) AND
  3. Your main purpose for being in the EEA or Switzerland (or, if you are an EU national, in the relevant overseas territories) at any point over that three years was not full-time education.

Other eligible categories

There are certain other categories that give eligibility for UK/EU fee status. These rules are set by the UK government and are subject to change so we advise that you refer to UKCISA’s website.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, you will be assessed as paying international fees.

European Union countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland (including Aland Islands), France (including French Overseas Departments), Germany (including Heligoland), Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (including Antilles and Aruba), Poland, Portugal (including Madeira and Azores, excluding Macao), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Balearic Islands, the Canaries, Ceuta and Melilla), Sweden.

[During the implementation period following Brexit, the UK will still be considered part of the EU for student support purposes.]

The European Economic Area

The EEA includes the countries of the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway (including Svalbard) and, in some cases for the purposes of fee status calculation, Switzerland.

Some overseas territories of EU countries are counted as eligible for residence purposes if you are an EU national – see UKCISA’s website for the current list.

For up to date Brexit immigration fees and support visit UKCISA.

The Academy charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for BMus students from the UK and EU (2020/21 academic year). A certain amount of the income from the fee (known as Additional Fee Income) is invested into providing financial help for students from lower-income households and increased levels of outreach work. This includes the fee waiver (please see fee waiver information above).

The Academy also offers an extensive range of merit scholarships to applicants in all disciplines and programmes. These are awarded following auditions. Please see Scholarships and Bursaries for more information.