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The Royal Academy of Music is committed to helping students realise their talent, whether they have ambitions to become the next Felicity Lott, Simon Rattle, Annie Lennox or Evelyn Glennie. The academy occupies a striking, purpose-built Edwardian building dating from 1911, joined to the converted Nash-designed terrace of 1–5 York Gate by the David Josefowitz Recital Hall.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Specialist
Specialist

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

UCAS Code: R53

League Table Scores

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the university.

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    135
  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.18 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the university.

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    2.75 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

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    0.70 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the university.

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    94.1 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the university.

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    9.5
  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the university spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    795
  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the university spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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    234
  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    90.9 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the university.

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    92.1 / 100.0

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 49%
  • Postgraduate 51%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 100%

Where students come from

  • UK 56%
  • EU 20%
  • Other 24%

Student gender

  • Male 48%
  • Female 52%

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Services and Facilities

Library

  • 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 during the audition and examination periods.

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, with a Music Business strand to equip students to grasp key concepts and processes in the music business, and the skills needed to harness these; through placements with major industry players, individual career support, options to further specialise in music business and management and ample opportunities for networking.

Health services

  • The academy aims to prepare students for a lifelong professional career, offering 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 services

  • 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 Advisor provides a confidential service for students and staff, including 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 Advisor.

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 including 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 of the academy, overseen by the President of the Students' Union, who sits 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 also advise on topics including life as London student or how to get student discounts to almost any concert or show.

History

  • The Royal Academy of Music is a world-renowned institution, training nearly 800 students from over 50 countries in over 20 musical disciplines.
  • The Academy was founded in 1822, and 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.

Address

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