On this page, you’ll find full details about the entry requirements for undergraduates and postgraduates, both from the UK and around the world.

If you have any queries about your qualifications, the Admissions Team are here to help.

The Academy is committed to providing equal access opportunities to gifted and motivated applicants from all backgrounds.

Although there are specific qualifications we look for, it’s talent we care about most. We recognise that significant skills can be developed outside of formal education - through employment, voluntary work or individual activities and interests.

Because of this, we use the APEL (Accreditation and Experiential Learning) process, which means you can get formal recognition for skills and knowledge not previously awarded credit.

For more information about APEL, please see our policy document.

The minimum age for study is 18 by 31 December in the year of joining the Academy. There is no upper age limit for applicants.

For the Bachelor’s degree at the Academy, there are both musical and academic entry requirements, which are listed below.

Musical requirements

For all applications, we require evidence of professional performing potential in your principal study, sound general musicianship and a good aural response.

You do not need to have taken any formal practical music examinations. But, as a guide, we expect students to meet the level of at least either:

  • Grade 8 or DipABRSM in Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations

or

  • Grade 8 or Associate Diploma (ATCL) in Trinity College London examinations

If you are not taking Music as a subject in your school exams, we recommend gaining knowledge of Music Theory at Grade 6 level (ABRSM or Trinity College London) before you commence your studies with us. There are many free online resources for this.

If your Principal Study is not a keyboard instrument, there is no formal minimum entry standard in keyboard skills. However, ABRSM or Trinity College London Grade 5 minimum (or equivalent) in piano is desirable, to enable you to improve your general musicianship.

Please note, there are no academic requirements for the Gap Year or the Organ Foundation programmes.

Academic requirements for the BMus Bachelor degree can be found the the sections below.

Academic qualifications

Before you can join the University of London’s Bachelor Degree programme, you have to matriculate. This means you have to show you have gained suitable academic qualifications, as follows:

CountryRequirements
England and WalesTwo GCE A-levels (A2) or Pre-U certificate examinations. A pass at AS-level counts as half an A-level for matriculation, except when the subject is the same as an A-level already gained
ScotlandB grade and at least four C-grade passes in Highers. An A-C grade Advanced Higher qualification is considered equivalent to an A-level pass
IrelandIreland: H3 (B) and at least four H5 (C) passes in the Senior Leaving Certificate (Higher Level)

These qualifications will also satisfy fully the academic matriculation requirement:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma or National Extended Diploma (PPP)
  • ‘Access to Higher Education’ Diploma (Pass)
  • International Baccalaureate: 24 points for the Diploma, Certificate, or the IBCP

Verifying your certificates

A-level, Pre-U, BTEC or Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher results are sent directly to the Academy through UCAS if the exams were taken in the UK this year or last year.

If your results are from an earlier session, or if you are using different awards, please send a copy of your certificates to admissions@ram.ac.uk (maximum file size 10Mb in one email) and bring the original documentation with you when you enrol.

Entry to Year Two or Three of the BMus

If you’re transferring from another institution, we ask for transcripts to show you have passed Year One or Years One and Two of a music degree elsewhere. The transcripts should also demonstrate you have covered the study areas you would have completed at the Academy.

After transferring, your degree will be awarded solely on marks achieved at the Academy.

Please note, it is not possible to transfer into Year Four of the BMus programme.

There are lots of postgraduate options at the Academy, all with varying performance requirements, which are listed here.

ProgrammeRequirements
Postgraduate Certificate, Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Music (MMus), all Level 7 in the UK’s Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF]A performance standard at least equivalent to that of a recognised music performance diploma in your Principal Study
Professional Diploma (RQF Level 7)A performance standard at least equivalent to recognised postgraduate degrees and a clear sense of a direction (specialism) for further study
Advanced Diploma (Performance) (RQF Level 8)A performance standard at least equivalent to a Distinction at Master’s level
Royal Academy Opera (Adv Dip) (RQF Level 8)Entry will be dependent on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate that s/he will sustain the standards required to participate in Royal Academy Opera productions

More information on the Regulated Qualification Framework for all courses can be found here.

Here is an outline of the academic requirements for our postgraduate courses.

ProgrammeRequirements
MA and MMus (RQF Level 7)A good Honours Bachelor degree (normally in Music: RQF Level 6). Otherwise an international qualification of an equivalent standard
MPhil (RQF Level 8)An upper second-class honours Bachelor’s degree, and it’s preferable to also have a Master’s degree
Post-Masters Diplomas (ProfDip, AdvDip, Royal Academy Opera)A Master’s qualification or equivalent (in a relevant subject), but the Academy welcomes applications from students who may not meet the normal requirements (see APEL information at the top of the page)
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)No academic requirements

Written requirements

If you’re applying for the Master of Music degree, the Professional Diploma, or the Advanced Diploma (Performance), you will need to provide written work. For written requirements specific to your chosen course, please see the Written Requirements section below.

Transfer of credit

The Academy doesn’t accept transfers into postgraduate programmes from other higher education institutions. Candidates should apply for entry to Year One.

For the Bachelor’s degree at the Academy, there are both musical and academic entry requirements, which are listed below.

Musical requirements

For all applications, we require evidence of professional performing potential in your principal study, sound general musicianship and a good aural response.

You do not need to have taken any formal practical music examinations. But, as a guide, we expect students to meet the level of at least either:
Grade 8 or DipABRSM in Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations

or
Grade 8 or Associate Diploma (ATCL) in Trinity College London examinations

If you are not taking Music as a subject in your school exams, we recommend gaining knowledge of Music Theory at Grade 6 level (ABRSM or Trinity College London) before you commence your studies with us. There are many free online resources for this.

If your Principal Study is not a keyboard instrument, there is no formal minimum entry standard in keyboard skills. However, ABRSM or Trinity College London Grade 5 minimum (or equivalent) in piano is desirable, to enable you to improve your general musicianship.

Academic qualifications

Below is a guide to the qualifications needed for entry, in order of country. This list is not exhaustive. In general, a secondary school certificate of a sufficiently high level to permit university entry will be acceptable.

We also accept UK qualifications (see the UK Undergraduates section)

You can check your qualifications with the Admissions Team (admissions@ram.ac.uk). If you require more specific advice, the National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) can also assist. Telephone: +44 (0)1242 258614.

Before you can join the University of London’s Bachelor Degree programme, you have to matriculate. This means you have to show you have gained suitable academic qualifications, as follows:

Country/RegionRequirements

Europe

European school leaving certificate, which allows university entry.
Or European Baccalaureate

Europe/International

International Baccalaureate: 24 points for the Diploma, Certificate, or the IBCP

Australia

School leaving certificates

Canada

School leaving certificates

China

Senior Secondary Graduation Certificate, or Gaokao (National University Entrance Examination)

Cyprus

Apolytirion with marks of 15 in two subjects

France

Baccalauréat

Germany

Abitur

Greece

Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou, with the Vevaiosi Prosvasis (Upper Secondary School leaving certificate, with Panhellenic Examinations)

Hong Kong

HKDSE, with a score of at least 3 in two elective subjects

Israel

Bagrut

Italy

Esame di Stato

Students who will be under 21 when they join the Academy can use an Italian conservatoire's Diploma Accademico of either level to matriculate onto the Bachelor degree (BMus), but in their UCAS Conservatoires application they can request entry to BMus year 2 or year 3

Japan

Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Korea and Taiwan

Normally a High School certificate/diploma plus one year’s university-level study

Malaysia

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM) (except Kertas Am)

Netherlands

Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs

Russian Federation


Свидетельство о результатах ЕГЭ (единого государственного экзамена) (Certificate of Unified State Examination) presented with Аттестат о среднем (полном) общем образовании (Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education)

Singapore

Cambridge GCE Advanced level: two A-level passes at grade E or above, or one A-Level at grade E or above, plus two A/S Levels at grade D and grade E or above

South Africa

National Senior Certificate with matriculation allowance

Spain

Título de Bachiller with Reválida de Bachillerato

USA

US high school graduation diploma, GED/HSE (demonstrated by a Certificate of High School Equivalency or similarly titled credential), or Advanced Placement (AP) examinations in two to four subjects with marks of 3 and above. For AP results our Designated Institution (DI) code is 6971– Royal Academy of Music


Sending documentation to support your application

You should send copies of your official final transcripts or certificates to admissions@ram.ac.uk if offered a place (maximum file size 10Mb in one email). Please do not send interim transcripts. We do not need to see original documentation before you arrive, instead, you should bring it with you when you come to enrol at the start of the academic year.

Verifying documents in other languages

If the documentation is not in English, we must see a copy of the certificate or transcript, with an English translation certified by the awarding institution or an official translator.

Entry to Year Two or Three of the BMus

If you’re transferring from another institution, we ask for transcripts to show you have passed Year One or Years One and Two of a music degree elsewhere. The transcripts should also demonstrate you have covered the study areas you would have completed at the Academy.

After transferring, your degree will be awarded solely on marks achieved at the Academy.

Please note, it is not possible to transfer into Year Four of the BMus programme.

There are lots of postgraduate options at the Academy, all with varying performance requirements, which are listed here.

ProgrammeRequirements
Postgraduate Certificate, Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Music (MMus), all Level 7 in the UK’s Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF]A performance standard at least equivalent to that of a recognised music performance diploma in your Principal Study
Professional Diploma (RQF Level 7)A performance standard at least equivalent to recognised postgraduate degrees and a clear sense of a direction (specialism) for further study
Advanced Diploma (Performance) (RQF Level 8)A performance standard at least equivalent to a Distinction at Master’s level
Royal Academy Opera (Adv Dip) (RQF Level 8)Entry will be dependent on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate that s/he will sustain the standards required to participate in Royal Academy Opera productions

More information on the Regulated Qualification Framework for all courses can be found here.

International entry requirements for our postgraduate courses are generally the same as for UK students, so please refer to the information in the UK Postgraduate section above. Below is some further country-specific information.

You may verify the acceptability of your qualifications with the Admissions Team, admissions@ram.ac.uk. If you require more specific advice, the National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) can also assist – call +44 (0)1242 258614 or use the contact form on their website.

Australia

An Ordinary Bachelor’s degree will allow matriculation onto our Postgraduate Certificate. An Honours Bachelor degree will allow matriculation onto our Master’s degrees (MA, MMus).

China

The following equivalencies are used for students studying under the Chinese grade point average (GPA) marking scheme:

  • Upper second-class Honours: GPA 3.1
  • Lower second-class Honours: GPA 2.6

Italy

If your qualification was gained in Italy and you have been awarded a conservatoire Diploma or university Laurea, we will need the full title of the award (for example: ‘Diploma Accademico di Secondo Livello’) and also a copy of your Diploma di Esame di Stato certificate.

Students from Italy can use an Italian conservatoire’s Diploma Accademico of either level to matriculate onto a taught Master’s degree (MA or MMus).

South Korea

Bachelors degree (Haksa) awarded by a recognised University with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.5.

USA and Canada

The following equivalencies are used for students studying under the USA/Canadian grade point average (GPA) marking scheme:

  • First-class Honours: GPA 3.6/4.0
  • Upper second-class Honours: GPA 3.3/4.0
  • Lower second-class Honours: GPA 3.0/4.0

So that you can get the best from your study programme, a good level of English is required. If English isn’t your first language, you will need to do a test before your study begins.

What kind of test does the Academy accept?

The Academy will accept any of these tests:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test or IELTS Indicator, not General Training
  • PTE Academic Test
  • TOEFL iBT
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China

If you need a Student Visa, please see the additional requirements detailed below.

Where can I take the test?

IELTS, PTE Academic and TOEFL have many test centres around the world. The IELTS, PTE Academic and TOEFL websites provide information about where and when you can take their tests.

I feel like I need to do some study first. Can I do a course?

Yes, the British Council offers lots of English language courses, which can be done either online or in person. Just make sure that you’re ready to take the test in plenty of time before the deadline.

Can I take a practice test?

Yes, doing a practice test will give you a good idea of what to expect. You can find practice tests on the IELTS, PTE Academic and TOEFL websites

When should I do my test?

You should take the examination soon after accepting a place at the Academy, so that we receive your results in time.

What is the deadline for the Academy to receive my results?

We need to receive a test result by 1 May before enrolment.

What are the minimum result requirements?

Study Programme IELTS PTE Academic
Bachelor of Music (BMus) Year One entry

Gap Year

Master of Arts (MA)

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

Professional Diploma (ProfDip)
5.5 overall with at least 5.5 for reading, writing, listening and speaking 59 overall with at least 59 for reading, writing, listening and speaking
BMus Year Two or Three entry

Study Abroad/Exchange placement
6.0 overall with at least 5.5 for reading, writing, listening and speaking 59 overall with at least 59 for reading, writing, listening and speaking
Advanced Diploma (Performance)

Advanced Diploma (Opera)


Continuing Professional Development Diploma
6.0 overall with at least 5.5 for reading, writing, listening and speaking 59 overall with at least 59 for reading, writing, listening and speaking
MMus, MPhil/PhD 7.0 overall with at least 5.5 for reading, writing, listening and speaking 76 overall with at least 59 for reading, writing, listening and speaking

The minimum TOEFL iBT scores are:

Overall: 72 for BMus Year 1, Gap Year, MA or PGCert, with minimum scores for Reading: 18, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17.
Overall 95 for MMus or MPhil/PhD, with minimum scores for Reading: 18, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17.

The minimum TOEFL iTP Plus for China scores are:

Overall 543 for BMus Year 1, Gap Year, MA or PGCert plus a satisfactory interview {Listening 54, Writing 53, Reading 56, Interview assessed at CEFR B2}
Overall 627 for MMus or MPhil/PhD plus a satisfactory interview {Listening 54, Writing 53, Reading 56, Interview assessed at CEFR B2}

How can I send my test results to the Academy?

If you take the IELTS Academic test, please tell the test centre to send your result electronically to the Academy and then send us your Test Report Form (TRF) number.

If you take the IELTS Indicator test, please send us your Indicator Score ID.

If you do the PTE Academic test, you’ll be able to send the results to us through a secure portal on your online account, and then send us your Score Report Code so we can access your result.

If you take a TOEFL test, please tell the test centre to send your result electronically to the Academy, and then send your Appointment Number to us so we can access your result. The DI number for the Royal Academy of Music is B867.

Please use the Admissions email address (admissions@ram.ac.uk).

I have to apply for a Student Visa – what do I need to know?

If you need a Student Visa, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires a minimum overall score and a minimum score of for each element of the test – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These are the scores we have told you in the section above.

UKVI and the Academy will accept scores from different test dates, so you can combine results if the scores are not more than two years old. You don’t need to pass all the individual elements on the same test date. However, if you choose a SELT UKVI test option, all the scores have to be gained at a single test.

It is not necessary for you to go to an Approved SELT centre or to take a UKVI test, but we will accept the result if you choose this option.

Are certain countries exempt from taking the test?

You are currently exempt from having to take a language test for your visa if you’re a national of: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and the USA. Also you are currently exempt if you completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in any of those countries excluding Canada and including the UK.

For more information, go to gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english.

Please note, even if you are exempt for visa purposes, the Academy may still require a language test result if we are concerned about your language skills.

English language welcome week

The Academy offers a short ‘acclimatisation’ course, by invitation only, to selected international students before the beginning of the academic year. The course includes an introduction to the Academy and the city of London.

See our International section for more information about immigration and life as an international student at the Academy.

Written Requirements

Certain Postgraduate degree applications have written requirements. Please find below the listed degrees and requirements.

For your application, please upload these two items into your Acceptd profile:

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.

You should upload the written work to Acceptd with your recordings.

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

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.

You must complete a proposal document if you are applying for the Professional Diploma, UCAS Conservatoires course code 903F; your proposal should be uploaded into your Acceptd profile.

Please provide a one-page proposal outlining your chosen particular specialism and your chosen particular specialism and your intended individual learning outcomes for the programme. Please use the template provided below:

Specialist proposal document (as a WORD download)

Specialist proposal document (as a PDF)

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.

There are several areas in which we recognise particular needs:

  • Vocal Studies students looking to specialise in opera (Pre-opera)
  • Historical Performance
  • Change of discipline (for example Piano to Piano Accompaniment)
  • Related instrument specialisms
  • Chamber Music (to be explored in detail at approval)
  • New Music
  • Compositional specialisms (e.g. working with other media)
  • Special repertoire projects
  • Collaborative Recording Production

This is not an exhaustive list and we could consider individual applications for other specialisms.

Please upload the following items into your Acceptd profile:

  • 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.