Bachelor of Music (Honours) Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Undergraduate

Awarded by: University of London

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.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    4 years


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

  • Accordion
  • Bassoon
  • Bassoon (Historical Performance)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Historical Performance)
  • Clarinet
  • Clarinet (Historical Performance)
  • Double Bass
  • Double Bass (Historical Performance)
  • Flute
  • Flute (Historical Performance)
  • Fortepiano (Historical)
  • Guitar (Classical)
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Horn (French)
  • Lute
  • Oboe
  • Oboe (Historical Performance)
  • Organ
  • Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani
  • Piano
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone (Bass)
  • Trombone (Tenor)
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Viola (Historical Performance)
  • Viola da Gamba
  • Violin
  • Violin (Historical Performance)
  • Voice (Bass-Baritone)
  • Voice (Counter-Tenor)
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Voice (Soprano)
  • Voice (Tenor)

Modules

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.


How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

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

2 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 code 302F
Institution code R53
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We hold auditions in London, New York 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 http://www.ram.ac.uk/auditions-in-asia and contact the appropriate centre coordinator. At our 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 Asia centre because of limitations at the host venues. * For our New York audition centre, the application deadline is 8 January 2018. Please see http://www.ram.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/your-audition/auditions-in-north-america. We regret we are unable to offer auditions at this centre for Harpsichord, Organ, Opera, Percussion, Jazz, Composition, Repetiteur, Conducting or Choral Conducting, and Harp candidates at the New York centre 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. http://www.ram.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/video-recordings 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

Qualification Offer Further 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.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal P3, P3 One principal subject must be Music.
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.
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.

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

http://www.ram.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/entry-requirement

Additional entry requirements

Audition

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


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

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Recording: DVD £100 £115
London £100 £115
Asia (Beijing) £150 £150
New York £150 £150
Asia (Taipei) £150 £150
Asia (Tokyo) £150 £150
Asia (Shanghai) £150 £150
Asia (Seoul) £150 £150
Asia (Hong Kong) £150 £150
Australia (Sydney) £150 £150

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Recording: DVD Not available at this location
London Not available at this location
Asia (Beijing) Not available at this location
New York Not available at this location
Asia (Taipei) Not available at this location
Asia (Tokyo) 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

Additional information

Please see the information on http://www.ram.ac.uk/study/studying-at-the-academy/programmes-of-study/postgraduate-programmes.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £22,150 Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £22,150 Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

ELQ fees for UK and EU students: if you join a study programme for an “ELQ” – a qualification that is equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that you have already been awarded, there is a higher tuition fee rate detailed on www.ram.ac.uk/fees.

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 http://www.ram.ac.uk/study/studying-at-the-academy/financial-support.