Make an Application

The specialised training we offer means that securing a place at the RNCM is highly competitive, so it’s important that you understand the necessary entrance requirements and application process in advance.

In brief, all applicants must be over 18 years old by 31 December in the year of entry, demonstrate a high level of performing/composition ability at audition, and meet the minimum academic standards and English Language requirement for the course of choice. For guidance, undergraduate applicants are expected to be of at least Grade 8 standard in their Principal Study instrument, with at least Grade 5 knowledge of music theory.

The application process incorporates a number of stages, outlined in detail within this section.

2024 Entry

Applications for 2024 entry closed on 2 October 2023. We are still accepting late applications for some courses and instruments – please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

2025 Entry

Applications for 2025 entry open on 10 July and close on 2 October 2024.

All applicants must apply via UCAS Conservatoires, followed by an Acceptd submission. Please check the audition requirements for your instrument and course before submitting your Acceptd application.

Please note that the deadline for both your UCAS Conservatoires and Acceptd applications is 2 October 2024 (excluding conducting applications), and your application will not be complete until we have received both submissions.

Conducting applicants should submit their UCAS Conservatoires application by 2 October 2024 and their Acceptd portfolio by Friday 8 November.

Chat with our Admissions Team

Every Tuesday and Friday during term time, our Admissions Team host informal one-to-one sessions to give applicants the chance to ask any questions about studying at the RNCM. They’ll cover everything from Student Visas and English Language Requirements to fees and finance, living in Manchester and accommodation.

There’s no need to book, simply click on one of the Microsoft Teams links below and someone will be happy to help.

Tuesdays: 15:00 – 16:00 (UK time)

Fridays: 9:00 – 10:00 (UK time)

Application Guidance Webinars

We will be hosting a series of webinars over the coming months aimed at guiding applicants, teachers and parents through our admissions process. You can join these sessions by clicking the links below.

How to Apply (10:00 on Monday 29 July)

Advice for Parents (12:00 on Wednesday 7 August)

Personal Statement Advice (16:00 on Tuesday 10 September)

Application Advice and Entrance Requirements (16:00 on Thursday 12 September)