Bachelor of Music (Honours) at Royal Academy of Music, University of London - UCAS

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

Royal Academy of Music, University of London

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

Course summary

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The BMus combines focused study in performance with supporting academic studies. Every aspect is designed to help you towards realising your full musical potential, and to prepare you for your career in music. You will have at least one hour of one-to-one tuition per week in your Principal Study, with numerous performance opportunities. We offer a wide range of activities, events, training sessions and modules for you to hone your skill in such things as studio recording and editing techniques, self promotion and marketing, writing CVs, making funding applications, understanding the music business and working in arts management. At the end of your third and fourth years, you submit a portfolio of materials to help prepare you for professional life after the Academy.

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

  • Accordion
  • Bassoon
  • Bassoon (Historical Performance)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Historical Performance)
  • Clarinet


Individual lessons on your instrument, and a combination of masterclasses, performance classes, chamber music, concerts and everything else that you do in your specialism. A range of core modules reinforces your awareness as a listener, develops your interpretive abilities and extends your knowledge and imagination. A range of electives encourages you to pursue your individual interests as you prepare for a musical career.

Assessment method

Your principal study will be assessed during the year by technical testing and chamber music, and at the end of the year by recital examination.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

1 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code302F
Institution code R53
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

This will require satisfactory transcripts to show that you have passed Year 1 or Years 1 and 2 of a music degree at another institution, and that you have successfully covered the study areas which you would have to complete at the Academy to progress into Year 2 or Year 3. Please note that it is not possible to transfer into Year 4 of our BMus programme.

International applicants

We hold auditions in London, North America, Sydney and Asia. 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 details about the Asia audition centres: please see and contact the appropriate centre coordinator. At our Sydney and Asia centres we regret we are unable to offer auditions for Opera, Percussion, Jazz, Repetiteur, Composition, Musical Theatre, Conducting or Choral Conducting, and it may not be possible to audition Harp, Organ or Historical Performance candidates at your chosen centre because of limitations at the host venues. * For our North America audition centres, the application deadline is 6 January 2020. Please see We regret we are unable to offer auditions at these centres for Harpsichord, Organ, Opera, Percussion, Jazz, Composition, Repetiteur, Conducting or Choral Conducting, and Harp candidates will need to take their own instrument [Academy harps are available for candidates who attend our London auditions in December]. * For Video applications, we accept video performances instead of a live audition for most Principal Studies (Specialisms), but not for Opera, Repetiteur, Choral Conducting, Composition, Research degrees or the Advanced Diploma. You are not normally eligible to apply by video if you live in Europe, or (except Musical Theatre candidates) if you live in North America or East Asia. has details about how to apply for a video audition. If you are applying for transfer to year 2 or year 3 of the BMus programme, you will need to attend a live audition.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Passes in two GCE Advanced-level (A2) or Pre-U certificate examinations, including Music.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP The subject of the diploma must be Music.
Access to HE Diploma A Pass for this diploma with Music as the main specialism is accepted.
Scottish Higher BCCCC One subject must be Music.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PP The subject of the diploma must be Music.
Scottish Advanced Higher CC One subject must be Music. One Advanced Higher A-C grade plus three Higher C grades in different subjects is accepted.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points You must include Music as an option.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H5, H5, H5, H5 One subject must be Music.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal P3, P3 One principal subject must be Music.

A combination of a pass in ABRSM or Trinity College London Grade 8 Theory, plus a pass in ABRSM or Trinity College London Grade 8 Practical or an ABRSM/Trinity diploma, is accepted as equivalent to a Music A-level or music elective, if those options are unavailable at your school. For other international qualifications, in general, a secondary school certificate of a sufficiently high level to permit university entry will be acceptable, however applications will be examined on an individual basis by the Admissions Board.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Evidence of professional performing potential in your principal study, sound general musicianship and a good aural response.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5Minimum score of 5.5 in every section of the test for candidates who need a Tier 4 visa. Overall score of 6.0 required to join BMus Year 2 or Year 3.
PTE Academic51Minimum score of 51 in every section of the test for candidates who need a Tier 4 visa. Overall score of 58 required to join BMus Year 2 or Year 3.

English Language requirements are published on our website:

Audition locations

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

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

Single specialism audition

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Video Recording: Upload£100£115
Asia (Beijing)£150£150
New York£150£150
Asia (Taipei)£150£150
Asia (Tokyo)£150£150
Asia (Singapore)£150£150
Asia (Shanghai)£150£150
Asia (Seoul)£150£150
Asia (Hong Kong)£150£150
Australia (Sydney)£150£150

Joint principal specialism audition

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
LondonNot available at this location
Video Recording: UploadNot available at this location
Asia (Beijing)Not available at this location
New YorkNot available at this location
Asia (Taipei)Not available at this location
Asia (Tokyo)Not available at this location
Asia (Singapore)Not available at this location
Asia (Shanghai)Not available at this location
Asia (Seoul)Not available at this location
Asia (Hong Kong)Not available at this location
Australia (Sydney)Not available at this location
ChicagoNot available at this location

Additional information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Entrance Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit following a live audition during our advertised audition sessions. There is no separate application process, and entrance scholarship awards are confirmed in candidates' offer details. UK and EU BMus students can apply for tuition fee loans to cover the tuition costs, and UK students can also apply for maintenance awards to assist with living costs. You can find more details about financial support on

Provider information

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Royal Academy of Music, University of London
Marylebone Road

Course contact details

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Accordion Administrator

020 7873 7380

Brass Administrator

020 7873 7320

Guitar Administrator

020 7873 7380

Harp Administrator

020 7873 7380

Historical Performance
Organ Administrator

020 7873 7390

Piano Administrator

020 7873 7405

Strings Administrator

020 7873 7395

Timpani and Percussion Administrator
Vocal Administrator

020 7873 7444

Woodwind Administrator

020 7873 7320

Bachelor of Music (Honours) at Royal Academy of Music, University of London - UCAS