International Applications

We are delighted that you are considering studying at the RNCM. We welcome applications from international students all year round.

If you can’t find the information you are looking for or have any questions, please email our Admissions Team (admissions@rncm.ac.uk) who will be happy to assist.

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Entrance Requirements for International Applicants

International applicants must meet the academic, English language and age requirements outlined below:

Academic Requirements

Undergraduate: Undergraduate applicants will need to provide evidence of university-entry level education e.g. A levels, International Baccalaureate, Chinese High School Diploma. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age on 31 December in the year of entry.

Graduate School: Postgraduate applicants should normally possess (or be about to complete) a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s Degree (Hons).

Candidates for our MMus course may also be required to submit an example of their written work (in English) alongside their academic qualifications/transcripts, so that we can complete an academic assessment.

If you are unsure whether your qualifications are suitable, please contact a member of our Admissions Team (admissions@rncm.ac.uk) who will be happy to assist.

For further information, please view our General Entrance Requirements.

English Language Requirements

Most applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit an ‘Academic’ International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate, as evidence of their English language proficiency. Your test should be from a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Approved Test Provider.

Applicants who have received a qualification (equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s Degree) in a majority English speaking country, may be exempt. For an up-to-date list of exemptions, please visit UKVI.

Please ensure that a copy of the IELTS certificate reaches our Admissions Team (admissions@rncm.ac.uk) by 1 April. You will be required to bring the original certificate to enrolment.

The minimum requirements for each of our courses are outlined below:

BMus (Hons)

IELTS 5.5 in each component (or CEFR B2 as defined by UKVI)

BMus (Hons) 3-year intensive pathway

IELTS 7.0, with no less than 7.0 in each component (or equivalent as defined by UKVI)

BMus (Hons) Popular Music 

IELTS 5.5 in each component (or CEFR B2 as defined by UKVI)

GRNCM/MusB (Hons) (joint course with The University of Manchester)

IELTS 7.0, with no less than 7.0 in each component (or equivalent as defined by UKVI)

MPerf

IELTS 5.5 in each component (or CEFR B2 as defined by UKVI)

Advanced Studies PGDip

Overall IELTS 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component (or equivalent as defined by UKVI)

MMus (1 or 2 year)

Overall IELTS 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component (or equivalent as defined by UKVI) Some options within the course may require IELTS 6.5 or 7.0

MPhil/PhD

Overall IELTS 7.0, with no less than 7.0 in each component (or equivalent as defined by UKVI)

Where an applicant’s IELTS score is marginally below that indicated, entry may still be possible with extra language support offered through our Pre-Sessional English Course.

Pre-Sessional English Course

Where an applicant’s IELTS score is marginally below that indicated, entry may still be possible with extra language support offered through our Pre-Sessional English Course. There is a minimum English requirement for the course.

The RNCM Pre-Sessional English Course is designed for students who need extra time to develop the necessary language skills before embarking on the rigours of an RNCM course of study. The course also provides an introduction to Britain and British culture, allowing students to become accustomed to the context of their new academic environment. The course aims are:

  • To develop and build confidence in using general English language skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • To develop the academic literacy necessary for students following an academic course at the RNCM.
  • To prepare students for independent learning.
  • To introduce aspects of British life and culture through visits to places of local interest.

For further details about the Pre-Sessional English Course (including course dates, fees and entrance requirements) please see the download on the right hand side of this page.

Making an Application

We encourage most applications to be made through UCAS Conservatoires by 3 October (for entry the following September) but we can accept applications after this date.

Please quote RNCM’s institution code (R57) as well as the course code:

BMus (Hons) Performance/Composition: 300F

BMus (Hons) Popular Music: 201F

 

MMus Solo Performance (2 Years): 801F

MMus Solo Performance (1 Year Intensive): 805F

MMus Composition (2 Years): 820F

MMus Composition (1 Year Intensive): 823F

 

MPerf Master of Performance (1 Year): W310

MPerf Master of Performance (2 Year): W310


Advanced Studies Postgraduate Diploma (1 year):

Composition: 620F
Musical Performance: 601F

A small selection of our courses, including the Associate Student Scheme, Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities, should be applied for using our Direct Entry Form. Please email our Admissions Team (admissions@rncm.ac.uk) for more information.

Auditions for International Applicants

International applicants can choose to audition by:

  • Attending a live audition at the RNCM, Manchester
  • Attending a live audition overseas (selected locations)
  • Submitting an audition recording

Live Auditions at the RNCM

All applicants will be invited to attend a live audition at the RNCM, Manchester in November/December, or for late applications, during March/April. If you have applied through UCAS Conservatoires, we will allocate the audition time/date through ‘Track’. You will NOT receive a separate audition invitation letter, so please ensure that you check via ‘Track’ on a regular basis.

A non-refundable audition fee must be made via UCAS Conservatoires before an audition can be arranged.

Live Auditions Overseas

Overseas auditions are also held, throughout the year, in select locations. Please see Overseas Auditions for further information including locations, dates and booking. All overseas audition interviews will be in English.

Audition Recordings

International applicants who are unable to attend a live audition are able to audition by uploading a recording to Decision Desk. Your recording must include a five-minute spoken introduction by the applicant in English.

Candidates who would like to be considered for an entrance scholarship should ensure their recordings arrive at the RNCM by 15 November.

Audition recordings should follow the Audition Requirements outlined for each course/school.

The postal address for recordings is: Admissions, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9RD.

Applicants who receive an offer following an audition by recording may be required to sit a confirmatory audition and/or music theory examination on arrival at the RNCM in September.

Agent in PR China
The RNCM has an agent in China who can assist you with the application and audition process. His contact details are below:

Professor Song Yi (宋艺)
Tel: +86 13911212507 or 15901066228
Email: songyi783@hotmail.com

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