Postgraduate written requirements

If you are applying for the Master of Music degree, the Professional Diploma, or the Advanced Diploma (Performance), this page contains details of the written work you need to bring with you to your audition.

Please see our Doctorates section for details of Research Degree requirements. 

The Academy's Master of Arts (MA) programme does not require written work for the audition process.

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 audition.

Professional Diploma written work

The aim of the Professional Diploma is to provide a platform for specialist professional development which will allow you to follow a particular area of focus within or connected to your Principal Study.

Using the PDF form provided here, please prepare a Specialist Proposal which outlines your chosen particular specialism and your intended individual intended learning outcomes for the programme. Please bring your written work with you to your audition (interview for composers) and hand it to your panel steward. If you are a performer applying by video, you should upload the written work to Acceptd with your recordings: see our video auditon page for more information.

Candidates for Repetiteur and for Musical Direction and Coaching are not required to provide a Specialist Proposal.

Master of Music (MMus) written work

If you are applying for the MMus, we need one piece of academic written work and a Project Proposal, as described below. You must write in English even if English is not your first language. We cannot accept translations.

Academic work

The academic written work must be on a musical subject and should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. If you already have a longer piece of work, for example a thesis, please choose a representative extract.

In both the interview and the written work, we will be looking for evidence of your responsiveness and creativity as well as critical engagement, artistic maturity, and basic research and writing skills.

Project proposal

In addition to the written work you should provide a Project Proposal in which you describe your plans and aims for a potential research project. Research projects can be variable in format: common models are a concert with an accompanying written commentary, or a written dissertation.

Your Proposal should address the following questions:

  • What is the subject area (repertoire, perspective) you wish to explore?
  • What sort of structure do you envisage? Would the main project outcome take the form of a concert, or a written piece of work, or something else?
  • How does this relate to your performance or composition interests?
  • How does your proposed project relate to existing work in the field (including concert and performance practices that interest you, and/or published texts)?

At the application stage, the proposal is primarily a way for us to gauge your readiness to undertake a research project. If accepted, you will be not required to keep to your original plan, and in any case we would expect the plan to change significantly as your project develops.

Audition/interview

Please bring your written work with you to your audition (interview for composers) and hand it to your panel steward. If you are a performer applying by video, you should upload the written work to Acceptd with your recordings: see our video auditon page for more information.

Composers auditioning by video may be asked to email the written work to an academic interviewer after their panel interview.

The decision about whether to offer a place is made primarily on the basis of your performance at the entrance audition (interview for composers).

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 audition.

If you do not provide the written work and project proposal, or if the assessment at your entrance audition interview is that the work/proposal is not strong enough for MMus entry, or if you simply decide you only wish to pursue MA studies, your application will be transferred to the MA programme.

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

Advanced Diploma (Performance) written work

For your audition/interview, please bring along:

  • a repertoire list and recording portfolio (text list of recordings, with links and/or discs/USB where possible)
  • your ideas for the year, including a list of professional engagements to which you are already committed

Advanced Diploma (Opera) candidates: you are not required to bring written work.
However, if you are also interested in one of the other postgraduate programmes detailed above, we suggest that you prepare the appropriate written work to provide if requested.