Applications for all courses are made through UCAS Conservatoires except for exchange and Erasmus+ placements.

Simply register for an online account to begin your application. It doesn’t have to be done all in one go – you can save it and come back to it later. The UCAS Conservatoires website has a handy step-by-step guide to help you.

Our UCAS Conservatoires ID is R53.

Please note, you only have to do one application. If you’d like to be considered for different courses in the same specialism, just apply for the higher-level course via UCAS. We can adjust your course choice later if necessary.

Your application

For most study programmes, the closing date is 1 October 2020, with auditions taking place in December. There are a few exceptions to this, so all deadlines are shown in the table below.


Most programmes, with auditions in London or by video

1 October 2020, 18:00 (BST)

Video upload deadline (except Conducting, Musical Theatre, Musical Direction and Coaching)19 October 2020, 09:00

Conducting (including pre-screening video upload), Musical Theatre, Musical Direction and Coaching

1 November 2020

Choral Conducting, Répétiteur

6 January 2021

Research Degree, Continuing and Professional Development Diploma

15 January 2021

Bursary (financial assistance)

31 January 2021

Erasmus and Study Abroad

1 March 2021

Due to the restrictions regarding the COVID 19 pandemic, we will no longer be auditioning at any international centres for the 2021 entry. In the ‘Choices’ section of your UCAS Conservatoires online application, use the ‘Audition method’ box to tell us if you want to audition by video or have a live audition in London.

For more information see International Auditions.

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

There’s no separate application process for entrance scholarships - these are awarded on merit, after audition (or composition interview). For more details, see Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries.

For entry in September 2021, the Academy application fee payable directly to UCAS Conservatoires is £100 plus the £26 UCAS Conservatoires registration fee.

  • Répétiteur candidates only pay the £26 UCAS Conservatoires registration fee

How to pay your application fees

You can pay the fees by credit/debit card, using the UCAS Conservatoires online payment system when you submit your application. International students experiencing problems with the payment system can call the helpline for candidates outside the UK: +44 330 3330 232.


  • If you withdraw your Academy application before your entrance assessment, you won’t be entitled to a refund of the Academy fee unless you withdraw within 14 days of submitting the application; the Academy will notify UCAS and you should receive the Academy fee from UCAS Conservatoires. If you completely withdraw your whole UCAS Conservatoires application within 14 days of submitting it, UCAS Conservatoires will refund your payment directly to you, including the UCAS registration fee.
  • If you apply after the advertised deadline and we are unable to arrange an assessment for you, the Academy application fee that you pay to UCAS Conservatoires will be refunded.

Application fee waivers may be granted if candidates (or their families if the candidate is under 28) are receiving certain government benefits. These may include the 16-19 Bursary Fund, EMA, Disabled Students Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance, or Tax Credits.

Please submit documentary evidence (scanned into an email) to, quoting your UCAS Conservatoires personal ID number.

It’s important to wait until your waiver has been agreed before submitting your UCAS Conservatoires application. However, you can start the application so you can get your ID number. Please allow at least five working days for your request to be processed.

UCAS has more advice here. Please note, the UCAS Conservatoires £26 registration fee cannot be waived.

Candidates should ask two separate referees to write references. These must not be from family, other relatives or close friends.

UCAS Conservatoires provides guidance about this and also reference forms for you to email to your academic and practical referees for completion. For a Research Degree application, you can use the academic reference template for both referees.

Candidates who are currently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music

If you currently enrolled at the Academy (except on exchange or study abroad) and are applying for a new course with the same Principal Study (specialism), we only require an Academic Reference. Please ask your current Programme Tutor or Head of Year for this. If you are a Postgraduate Vocal Studies student at the Academy and are applying for Royal Academy Opera we do not require a reference.

It’s easy to keep track of your application. UCAS Conservatoires has a handy Track function that lets you see where everything is.

We expect to put audition and interview date notifications into ‘Track’ at the following times:

Audition notification (interview notification for Research degree and for composition)

Notification in Track


Early November

Musical Theatre (London)


Orchestral Conducting (first round)


Orchestral Conducting, Choral Conducting, Répétiteur, Continuing Professional Development

Late January

Research Degree (first stage)


Results are issued through UCAS Conservatoires, after the Academy’s Selection Board has finalised their decision. For Autumn auditions, this is usually in December after our London audition session.

ERASMUS+ and Study Abroad results are issued to your Exchange/Study Abroad coordinator, usually in May.

For more information, see What happens next.