University Guides Royal Academy of Music UK

The Royal Academy of Music is a research and educational facility located in Marylebone Road, Central London, England. Founded in 1822 the academy is steeped in tradition and has trained hundreds of students from a wide range of countries.


The Royal Academy of Music offers graduate and undergraduate University of London degree courses, including BMus and PhD level. The Academy also provides a variety of one year programmes and to encourage younger musicians, Saturday’s courses.


The Academy research programme is practice based and focuses on performance and composition. The research programme provides students with the opportunity to analyse manuscripts, scores, historical instruments and musical artefacts. To assist students the academy has a number of links with, for example, instrument makers and computing.


The Academy has eighteen departments covering a range of musical instruments and other aspects of music, including historical performances, jazz, choral conducting and musical theatre.


The academy provides a large library consisting of two hundred thousand items including early printed manuscripts, a collection of recordings and audio facilities. In addition to using the Academy’s library students can apply to have access to the University of London Library and British Library.

Music Museum

The music museum is located in the York Gate building which is attached to the Academy. The museum houses interesting collections including historical instruments, manuscripts by Brahms, Liszt and Mendelssohn, musical memorabilia and artefacts.  


The academy does not provide student accommodation however applications for rooms can be made to the University of London.


The academy provides bursaries and also a wide range of awards and scholarships.

Entry requirements


Candidates applying for undergraduate courses need to be over eighteen years of age and for post graduate courses over twenty one years.

Interview Process

Students are required to attend a twenty to thirty minute audition which is held in London and in some circumstances North America and Asia. During the audition, students may be asked to demonstrate base skills using sight reading, a quick study test, instrumental, scales and or arpeggios. Students need to demonstrate that they have attained ABRSM grade 8 standards.

During the audition students are advised to use their own accompanists although the Academy will provide musicians if necessary.

In addition to the audition all prospective students are required to take a fifty minute written paper which includes melody harmonisation and a short general music essay.

Disabled Students

The Academy has an equal opportunity policy and strives to ensure that the needs of the disabled student are met both during the interview and course.

Open Days.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the academy’s museum, attend concerts, master classes and open days. Applications a prospectus can be made at the Academy’s website or by contacting The Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London , NW1 5HT, UK