How to apply

Information about applying to the Academy is available here on our website, or if you prefer we can provide printed copy, or the text in Word or as a PDF.

Please contact the Registry staff if you wish to request details in a format that suits you.

How to apply

The application deadline for September 2018 entry has now passed.
Apply now for entry in September 2019.

The deadline for most courses will be 6pm UK time (18.00 BST) on 1st October 2018.
There is a January deadline for Research degree, Repetiteur, Conducting and Choral Conducting, Continuing Professional Development diploma, and auditions in North America.

Please see our Application Dates page for full details.
You can use our online form to find the best study option for you.

Auditioning outside the UK

We also hold auditions in Asia, Australia and North America.

Making your application

You can apply for most Academy programmes of study through UCAS Conservatoires. All candidates who submit a complete application on time will be assessed for entry. If you have missed the deadline for your application, please contact before submitting a late application. We can consider late applications if there are still places available.

When you are ready to apply, go to, choose 'Conservatoires' from  'Select a course type', then click the search icon next to the word 'Subject'. The Academy’s UCAS Conservatoires ID is R53. 

There is useful UCAS online help available for filling in your application.

There is a £25 UCAS Conservatoires registration fee, and the Academy’s application fees are detailed here.

Research Degree

Please download and complete our separate MPhil/PhD PDF application form.

Study Abroad or Erasmus+

Please see our Incoming Exchanges page, the deadline is 1st March 2019.

How many applications?

If you want to be considered for different courses for the same instrument or discipline at the Academy, you only apply for one course in in UCAS Conservatoires because you will only have one audition

The application should usually be for the higher-level course.

For example, if you are interested in the Advanced Diploma in Opera, but also in the Professional Diploma or Master of Arts (Postgraduate Vocal Studies), you apply only for the Advanced Diploma in Opera.

MA or MMus?

The MA is the standard core programme of study taken by the majority of postgraduate students. The MMus builds on the core by adding a Masters Project (MMus details are published here). The MMus lasts for one or two calendar years (September to September), the MA is one or two academic years (September to July). Master of Music candidates are automatically considered for Master of Arts entry so only one application is needed

You can find programme descriptions on our Programmes of Study web page. In your Personal Statement or in an email to you can tell us that you are also interested in the other courses. Please include your name and UCAS Personal ID if you send an email.

You can discuss the courses during your audition, and the panel will consider you for the other course options. The Academy’s Admissions Board will decide which course to offer (if the audition is successful), and your course details will be adjusted when the result is sent to UCAS Conservatoires. This means you are not tied to the course choice in your application; you are welcome to contact before applying, if you have questions about this.

Application deadlines and audition sessions

Check all our application deadlines and audition dates here

If you have missed the deadline for your application, please contact before submitting a late application.

Tuition fees and financial support

Read information about the Academy’s tuition fees here.

Find out about our scholarships and bursaries provision here.

Any other questions about about applying to the Academy?

You are welcome to email
If you are finding problems with the online process, there is online help in the UCAS Conservatoires website. UCAS Conservatoires has a blog page to help you, and a UCAS Contacts web page which includes a telephone helpline for candidates outside the UK: +44 330 3330 232

Applications for Junior Academy

These are managed separately by Junior Academy.

Prospectus PDF

Prospectus PDF

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