Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: University of London

Master of Arts (Composition) (Taught)

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Course summary

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Composition at the Academy has an international reputation centred on intensive project-based programmes. All work is rehearsed and recorded in regular workshops with instrumental and vocal students. Many opportunities arise for student compositions to be played by ensembles and orchestras, and commissions are offered to write for a large number of events.

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.

Instrument/specialisms

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

  • Composition

Assessment method

Please see the information on https://www.ram.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-programmes


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.

Application codes

Course code:
7300
Institution code:
R53
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

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. For 2021 entry you can audition by video interview [choose Video Interview (Composition) as your audition location] or by attending a live interview in London.

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Music with Honours, or APEL equivalent. http://www.ram.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/entry-requirement

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Candidates selected from the portfolio round are interviewed by the Composition entry panel.

Portfolio

Details and instructions are on https://www.ram.ac.uk/departments/composition/composition-application


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5Minimum score of 5.5 in every section of the test for candidates who need a student visa.
PTE Academic51Minimum score of 51 in every section of the test for candidates who need a student visa.

We will accept TOEFL results if the IELTS and PTE Academic tests are unavailable in your country. TOEFL equivalent scores are listed on our website.

English Language requirements are published on our website.

https://www.ram.ac.uk/english-language-requirements


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
London£100£100
Video interview (Composition)£100£100

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
LondonNot available at this location
Video interview (Composition)Not available at this location

Additional information

Please see the information on http://www.ram.ac.uk/departments/composition/composition-application Your uploaded portfolio (deadline 1 October) is assessed by the Composition department entry panel. The upload portal and the portfolio requirements are detailed on www.ram.ac.uk/departments/composition/composition-application. The portfolio assessment is the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by an instrumental or vocal candidate to a panel at the Academy. You will be informed around the beginning of November whether you have been selected for a panel interview. Interviews for candidates selected after their portfolio submission will take place during the main audition period in London in December. For 2021 entry you can audition by video interview [choose Video Interview (Composition) as your audition location] or by attending a live interview in London.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are available on www.ram.ac.uk/fees

Sponsorship information

Entrance Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit following a live interview (in person or by video) during our advertised audition sessions. Composers are assessed for scholarships on the basis of their second-round interview. 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 http://www.ram.ac.uk/financial-support.

Master of Arts (Composition) at Royal Academy of Music, University of London - UCAS