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Course summary

This is the standard postgraduate programme for composers. 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. For postgraduate composers, the standard programme path is this two calendar-year MMus, though in exceptional cases students can be allowed to take a one calendar-year course. The programme path and length can be discussed at the entrance interview and adjusted as appropriate, you are not tied to the option you choose when you submit your application in UCAS Conservatoires. The deadline for the Academy to receive both your UCAS Conservatoires application and also your portfolio is 2 October, 18:00 UK time.

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

  • Composition

Assessment method

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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 offering a choice of video or in-person interview to all candidates selected to progress after their portfolio has been assessed - please indicate your preference for the interview by your 'audition location' choice.

Entry requirements

Bachelor Degree with Honours, or APEL equivalent.

Additional entry requirements


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



If you are applying for the MMus, you must provide one piece of academic written work and a Project Proposal.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Minimum score of 5.5 in every section of the test.
PTE Academic76Minimum score of 59 in every section of the test.
TOEFL (iBT)95Minimum scores for Reading: 18, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17.

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 interview (Composition)£100£100

Joint principal specialism assessment

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

Additional information

Your uploaded portfolio is assessed by the Composition department entry panel. The upload portal and the portfolio requirements are available through 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. We are offering a choice of video or in-person interview to all candidates selected to progress after their portfolio has been assessed - please indicate your preference for the interview by your 'audition location' choice.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are available on

Sponsorship information

Entrance Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit following entrance assessment 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

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