Application fees

For entry in September 2018, the Academy application fees payable to UCAS Conservatoires are:

Application fee for Musical Theatre auditions in London: £76.

Application fee for Conducting and Choral Conducting auditions in London, and for the Continuing Professional Development diploma course: £100

Application fee for all other London auditions including video: £100 or £115 after the advertised closing date.

Application fee for auditions in North America, Australia or Asia: £150 sterling.

There is also a £25 UCAS Conservatoires registration fee.

If you withdraw before attending the audition, you will not be entitled to a refund unless you completely withdraw your UCAS Conservatoires application within 14 days of submitting it and in that circumstance UCAS Conservatoires will refund your payment directly to you. Applications submitted after the advertised deadline must pay the late fee and may be placed on a waiting list for an audition; if no space becomes available and we are therefore unable to offer an audition, the fee will be returned.

Application fee waivers

Our assessment fee waivers are granted to candidates who are in receipt of certain government benefits or if the candidates’ parents receive the benefits when the candidate is under 21 years of age. These benefits may include the 16-19 Bursary Fund or EMA, Disabled Students Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, or Tax Credits. 

If you are in receipt of any such benefits, please could you submit documentary evidence (scanned into an email, up to 10Mb per message) to admissions@ram.ac.uk, or alternatively please send a photocopy to the Academy’s Registry Office together with a covering letter quoting your UCAS Conservatoires personal ID number so that we can match the documents to the application. 

UCAS states that you should not submit your UCAS Conservatoires application until your waiver has been agreed. Please allow at least 5 working days for your request to be processed.

www.ucas.com/ucas/conservatoires/apply-and-track/conservatoire-auditions contains advice about this, under "Will you have difficulties paying". You will need to pay the UCAS Conservatoires registration fee, because that cannot be waived.

We regret that assessments for our application fee waivers cannot be made after the audition has taken place. 

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fees for full-time programmes for the 2018–2019 academic year:

[ELQ fees
– see below]
BMus £9,250 [£11,460] £22,150
MA and PGCert (except Musical Theatre) (1-year intensive) £13,750 [£15,100]  £25,100
MA and PGCert (except Musical Theatre) (2-year standard) £11,750 [£13,100] £23,100
MMus (1-year intensive) £14,750 [£16,100] £28,100
MMus (2-year standard) £12,750 [£14,100] £26,100
MPhil/PhD £6,440 £14,100
MPhil/PhD writing-up £1,430 £1,430
Study Abroad
(pro-rata for part-year attendance)
£15,000 £21,990
Organ Foundation
and Gap Year
£11,460 £21,990
MA and PGCert Musical Theatre £15,140 [£16,490] £19,280
Musical Direction & Coaching MA and PGCert £13,750 [£15,100]  £25,100
Musical Direction & Coaching Professional Diploma £11,200 £21,500
Advanced Diploma (Royal Academy Opera) £17,000 £17,000
Advanced Diploma (Performance) £10,490 £20,820
Professional Diploma £10,490 £20,820
Continuing Professional Development Diploma £10,490 £20,820


The fee levels stated above are for one academic year, and are subject to an annual increase. The increase is normally between 2% and 5% and is applied annually to each year of the programme. 
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.


Information about tuition fees for UK/EU undergraduates

Information about scholarships and bursaries 

An invoice is issued by the Finance Department during the Spring to your email address, to notify you of payment details and deadlines. Annual fees are normally payable in advance with a 25% deposit due in the Spring as detailed on the invoice, and the balance due by the middle of August. 

Payment of Tuition Fees and eligibility for UK or EU fee rates

Most European Union students will be entitled to pay fees at the ‘home’ (UK) rate provided they have not already gained a qualification at the same level as the programme they are joining, and meet certain conditions. See our Payment section and www.ukcisa.org.uk.

Awards and Loans for BMus students from the UK and European Union

Candidates with UK or EU fee status who are applying for the BMus programme should visit www.gov.uk/student-finance to be assessed for a tuition fee loan. These are administered through the Student Loans Company.

UK-fee candidates can also be assessed for maintenance awards through the gov.uk website to help with living costs.

EU (non-UK) BMus students can apply for a tuition fee loan through www.gov.uk/student-finance, but maintenance awards are available only to UK students.

BMus students on UK or EU fees are eligible to be considered for support through fee waivers if they are in the £9,250 fee category.

Living costs

The Academy estimates that average living costs for one academic year will be around £11,500 to £12,000, including rent, travel, utility bills, food etc.

Scholarships and other Financial Assistance

Entrance scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to selected candidates following their live audition. The Academy prides itself on being able to accept students purely on the basis of their potential and talent, and will therefore try to help deserving candidates as much as possible. The amount available for scholarships varies from year to year, with some funding coming from the Academy’s own endowments and the rest secured through the generosity of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations. The Academy may be able to assist some students (normally postgraduates and full-fee paying international students) towards their study costs through the bursary system. If you are eligible to apply, details will be sent with your offer letter. Enrolled students who experience difficulties with living costs may also seek assistance from the Academy’s ‘Hardship’ funds. See our Financial Support pages for more information.


If you are eligible for UK/EU fees according to the regulations stated above, and if you join a study programme for an “ELQ” – a qualification that is equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that you have already been awarded – Government funding support (which allows lower fees to be charged) is no longer available. For example, if you already have a Bachelor Degree or a postgraduate qualification and wish to join our BMus programme, you would not be eligible to be supported with Government funding and so the higher fee rate would be applicable for your studies. Please contact admissions@ram.ac.uk if you have any queries about this.

See also

Financial Support

Payment of Fees