Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Bachelor of Music (Honours) Composition Royal Academy of Music, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate UCAS Conservatoires Awarded by: University of London


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Course summary

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Whether your interest lies in concert music, media, TV and film music, composing for staged productions or electronic music, you can study on the Academy’s undergraduate composition course. Composition at the Academy has an international reputation centred on intensive project-based and highly collaborative degree programmes. Our cutting-edge courses are taught by distinguished and prominent composers, and they reflect the realities and challenges for today’s music creator. Academy composers have a wide range of opportunities for performance and recording, and are fully prepared to work in a variety of creative contexts.
Our composition professors are dedicated teachers and active composers with professional musical careers of all kinds. Collectively, they have a wide range of industry knowledge and insight into all aspects of the profession.
This course ensures a strong foundation in compositional techniques which, over four years of study, can be focused to support your individual interests and career ambitions. As a composer in the Academy, you are given unrivalled opportunities to have your music played and recorded in numerous contexts – and to develop your individual compositional style and musical personality within our highly collaborative environment

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

Please see the information on

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2019 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2020 courses.

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 code 301F
Institution code R53
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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. If you live outside the UK and are unable to travel to London for interview, please contact the Registry as it may be possible to interview you by a video link and you can select Video Interview as your audition location. If you are applying for transfer to year 2 or year 3 of the BMus programme, you will need to attend a live interview.

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

Additional entry requirements


Your portfolio is assessed by the Composition department entry panel. This 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 interview.


Information about what your portfolio should contain are published on

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 5.5 Minimum 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 Academic 51.0 Minimum 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

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
London £100 £115
Video interview (Composition) £100 £115

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
London Not available at this location
Video interview (Composition) Not available at this location

Additional information

Interviews for candidates selected after their portfolio submission will take place during the main audition period in London in December. If you live outside the UK and are unable to travel to London in December, you can request a Video interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £23,000 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £23,000 * 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

Sponsorship information

Entrance Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit following a live audition during our advertised audition sessions. Composers are assessed for scholarships on the basis of their second-round interview. 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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020 7873 7393

Composition Administrator

020 7873 7379