Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Royal Academy of Music, University of London


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.

Entry requirements

A performance standard at least equivalent to that of a recognised music diploma in your principal-study. You should normally be completing (or have completed) an undergraduate programme of musical study at the time of application. For the MA and MMus, to enrol you must possess a good Honours Bachelor degree (normally in Music: Level 6 in the UK�s National Qualification Framework), otherwise an international qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or educational institution of university rank is required. You may verify the acceptability of your qualifications with the admissions officer. If you are applying for the MMus, you must provide 2 pieces of academic written work on musical subjects. Each piece should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. (If you already have a longer piece of work, for example a thesis, please choose a representative extract for 1 of these items). You must also write a concert proposal or a research project proposal.

Course modules

Principal study aims and objectives; composition portfolio: a number of compositions, as specified in faculty requirements and negotiated with the head of department; reports from individual lessons and from coursework in: conducting; orchestration; analysis; skills tests (including take-away paper and special projects); professional portfolio; learning outcomes; aims and objectives; learning outcomes; dissertation; concert project (the organisation and presentation of a concert built around their own music).

Assessment methods

Final assessment is based on: principal study (50 per cent divided as follows): final recital or composition portfolio (2/3 of principal study mark); concerto examination or faculty equivalent (1/3 of principal study mark); professional portfolio (25 per cent); project work (25 per cent).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MMus Full-time £ 12,410 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MMus Full-time £ 22,280 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MMus Full-time £ 12,410 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years
MMus Full-time £ 12,410 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Academy of Music Camden NW1 5HT South East

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