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.

2022 Entry

Applications for 2022 entry are now open via UCAS Conservatoires, and the deadline to submit on time is 1 October 2021.

The audition process for this year will be a two-stage process with online and in-person options. Please click here to learn more.

Chat with our Student Recruitment Team

Every Tuesday and Friday during term time, our Admissions Team host informal one-to-one sessions to give late 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 Zoom links below and someone will be happy to help.

Tuesdays: 3 – 4pm (UK time)

Fridays: 9 – 10am (UK time)


COVID-19 Update: Our venues have reopened to the public and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back this Autumn. Before attending an event at the RNCM, please read our Audience Protocol…