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.

Please note: the application deadline for 2020 entry was 1 October 2019. In some cases, late applications may still be considered, although we are no longer accepting applications for sopranos.

2021 entry

Applications for 2021 entry open in mid-July. Due to restrictions associated with COVID-19 and the ongoing effect this will have into the Autumn Term, applicants for September 2021 entry should audition by recording in the first instance. Application dates and deadlines remain unchanged. 

At this uncertain time, our Admissions Team will be happy to accommodate specific audition requests where possible. Please email if you have any questions or concerns.