The Royal Academy of Music has been training musicians to the highest professional standards since its foundation in 1822. Every year, some of the most talented young musicians from over 50 countries go to study there, attracted by renowned teachers and a rich culture that broadens musical horizons, develops professional creativity and fosters entrepreneurial spirit.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: R53

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 49%
  • Postgraduate 51%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 100%

Where students come from

  • UK 55%
  • EU 20%
  • Other 25%

Student gender

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library has all the facilities expected for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as historical collections of international significance, making it a recognised centre for research.
  • Housing 200,000 items, it includes early printed and manuscript materials, a substantial collection of recordings and audio facilities, and the archives of many eminent musicians including Henry Wood, Otto Klemperer and John Barbirolli.
  • The Orchestral Library has about 4,000 sets of parts, constantly augmented with new acquisitions; while the Choral Library contains an extensive range of choral sets.

Student jobs

  • The academy offers paid job opportunities to students to work as stewards, stage managers and Front of House managers for its calendar of events; and paid work as stewards during the annual audition and examination periods and as part of the Box Office and Museum teams.

Careers advice

  • The academy encourages the attitude that a student enters the profession on the day they begin their course.
  • Drop-in guidance and a wide range of one-off events and seminars cover CV preparation, PR and marketing, running ensembles, general entrepreneurship and career strategies.
  • The professional development service delivers events, seminars, lectures and training opportunities.
  • The Royal Academy of Music also aims to prepare students to adapt to new trends. A Music Business strand equips students to grasp key concepts and processes in the music business, along with the skills required. As well as individual career support and placements with major industry players, there are options to further specialise in music business and management, and ample opportunities for networking.

Health services

  • The academy offers a range of services to support student well-being. It works with a broad range of medical specialists who deal with difficulties related particularly to performing musicians.
  • It is recommended that students register with a doctor near where they live. Paddington Green Health Centre is a general practice that provides treatment and advice for most ailments, injuries (including performance-related injuries) and ill health. It also offers help and advice relating to chronic illness and disabilities and offers access to psychological support as appropriate.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A confidential counselling service helps the academy's students with one-to-one psychological and emotional support, and referral to external specialist support services. The service helps students with any issues that may be affecting them.
  • Online information gives detailed advice on particular topics, via the academy's intranet; and programme tutors are usually a first point of contact for any matters that arise.

Disability support

  • The academy offers a wide range of support for students who have specific learning differences and disabilities, including exam arrangements and specialist tuition.
  • Disability Adviser provides a confidential service for students and staff. This includes advice and guidance on disability issues within the academy as well as external specialist support services available, one-to-one support, screening for dyslexia and dyspraxia, assessment of need for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), and provision of learning support tutor and specialist equipment if appropriate. 
  • Please refer to the academy website for the contact details of the Disability Adviser.

Other services and facilities

The Royal Academy of Music includes all the requirements of a modern conservatoire:

  • Cross Keys Close practice and rehearsal centre, just a few minutes' walk from the academy.
  • Performance venues include the 120-seat David Josefowitz Recital Hall; the new 309-seat Susie Sainsbury Theatre and 100-seat Angela Burgess Recital Hall; and the Duke's Hall, the academy's flagship 400-seat concert venue.
  • Electronic and recording studios and a fully refurbished audiovisual control centre, plus a constantly updated Creative Technology Suite.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union represents the interests of students at all levels, with the SU president sitting on all major committees within the academy. An international student representative helps new overseas students with particular issues related to studying in a foreign country.
  • The Students' Union committee organise social events, holiday parties, sports teams, student societies and charity events.
  • As well as representing students' views, the union can advise on topics such as life as a London student, or how to get student discounts to almost any concert or show.


  • The Royal Academy of Music is a world-renowned institution, training nearly 800 students from over 50 countries in over 20 musical disciplines.
  • Founded in 1822, it is Britain's oldest conservatoire – inspired by the past yet also committed to shaping contemporary musical life.

Fascinating Fact

  • Sir Elton John studied at the Royal Academy of Music during his teenage years.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

Amongst the academy’s most distinguished living alumni are:
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle – British composer and visiting professor of composition at the academy.
  • Lesley Garrett – Britain's best known soprano.
  • Dame Evelyn Glennie – virtuoso percussionist.
  • Sir Elton John – singer, pianist, and composer.
  • Graham Johnson – classical pianist and Lieder accompanist.
  • Annie Lennox –  singer, songwriter, political activist.
  • Dame Felicity Lott – soprano.
  • Joanna MacGregor – concert pianist, conductor, composer, and festival curator, head of piano at the academy.
  • Michael Nyman – composer of minimalist music, known for numerous film scores.
  • Sir Simon Rattle – principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002.


Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT