Professional Diploma (Musical Direction & Coaching) at Royal Academy of Music, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

The application deadline is 1 November 2023. This is a one-year (nine months) programme of intensive full-time study which is structured according to your individual needs and experience, and operates in tandem with the Musical Theatre programme.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Musical Direction and Coaching

How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

At the Academy we pride ourselves on our diverse international community. Over 800 students study here every year, with around sixty different nationalities from all over the world. We are planning recalls in New York during February 2024 for candidates from North America who cannot travel to London.

Entry requirements

A Masters-level qualification (RQF level 7) in an area closely-related to the proposed specialism, or an APEL equivalent.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5Minimum score of 5.5 in every section of the test
PTE Academic59Minimum score of 59 in every section of the test.
TOEFL (iBT)72Minimum scores for Reading: 18, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17.

Owing to the speed and intensity of the course it is essential that all students are fluent communicators in English. We will assess this as part of your audition. (As a guide, we suggest that IELTS 7.0 or equivalent in ‘speaking’ and ‘listening’ is needed.) We accept IELTS Online, TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition. PTE Academic, PTE Academic Online and Cambridge C1 Advanced.

English Language requirements are published on our website.

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Video Recording: Upload£100£100
New York£100£100

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Video Recording: UploadNot available at this location
New YorkNot available at this location
LondonNot available at this location

Additional information

First Round assessments will be made by video submission. The application deadline is 1st November 2023, that is also the deadline for uploading the video items specified on our website. London recalls are planned for January 2024.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Entrance Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit following entrance assessment during our advertised audition sessions. There is no separate scholarship application process, and entrance scholarship awards are confirmed in candidates' offer details. You can find more details about financial support on

Professional Diploma (Musical Direction & Coaching) at Royal Academy of Music, University of London - UCAS