General Entry Requirement


For Undergraduate studies the LPMAM has a minimum entry age of 18, whereas for Postgraduate programmes the minimum entry age is 21 (as at 1st September immediately preceding enrolment).


The LPMAM is proud of its equal opportunities policy and reputation for not discriminating against students on grounds of age, sex, disability, ethnicity, religion. We do make judgements based on ability and potential to assess a candidate’s suitability for their chosen course of study and on their overall ability to develop in to high-class professional musicians. Please refer to our r Disability Statement and other information about student support.

Audition requirements

Please see the relevant department pages for specific details on auditions for your own instrument or specialism. We do not normally permit more than one audition during the same admissions session.

English Language requirements

A high standard of English is necessary for all applicants on LPMAM programmes. If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate your language proficiency by 1st May of your First Enrolment Year at the LPMAM. We will accept passes from either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS — academic tests) or the Pearson Academic Test as evidence of your standard of English proficiency. As soon as possible after accepting a place at the LPMAM you must enter either of these tests and submit your results to us. Your score must be at least as follow:

IELTS Pearson

BMus/PgDip 5.5 51
MA 6 58
Advanced Diploma 6.5 64
MMus/MPhil 7 70

For Postgraduate Vocal Studies or Opera, you must score at least IELTS 6.0 / Pearson 58 in the Listening and Speaking sections of the test. Information about test centres can be obtained from IELTS and Pearson.


In order to facilitate a smooth transition to both the culture and learning environment of the LPMAM, we have also developed a short ‘acclimatisation’ course to selected international students before the beginning of the academic year ensuring a valuable  introduction to the LPMAM  as well as London life.

Language requirements for UK visas

For students joining a university study programme, the UK Border Agency requires an overall score of at least IELTS 5.5 or Pearson 51, and also each individual element of the test (reading, writing, listening, speaking) must have score no lower than IELTS 5.5 or Pearson 51. You are exempt from having to take a language test for your visa if you are a national of Antigua & Barbados, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and the USA, or if you completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in any of those countries, excluding Canada but including the UK.

Entry requirements

For Undergraduate (BMus) candidates from UK and Ireland and  International candidates
For Postgraduate candidates (MA, MMus, Advanced Diploma and Research Degrees)

Written work for MMus

For Applicants applying to the MMus Programme of study, you will need to send us written work. Please check these details.

Accreditation of Prior and Experiental Learning (APEL)

We at the LPMAM understand and appreciate that individuals are able to acquire and develop various skills, understanding and knowledge that is relevant to our Core Programme through unofficial learning opportunities experienced outside the boundaries of formal education. For example, relevant experience and learning can be gained through employment, voluntary work as well as hobbies, interests and the participation in informal groups.

This experience combines to add to an individual’s lifelong learning. We aim to understand these ‘non-formal’ skills and therefore provide access opportunities to gifted and motivated candidates from a variety of backgrounds.

The LPMAM is experienced at identifying, assessing and formally acknowledging prior learning, including prior certificated learning and prior experienced-based learning and achievement. Prior certificated learning refers to learning and achievement that was assessed and certificated before the start of the programme of study. Prior experiential learning refers to learning and achievement through experience and self-evaluation outside the context of a formal programme of study. We seek to identify the actual achievement through experience rather than consider the exposure to the experience alone.

The LPMAM ’s APEL policy provides the framework by which requests for APEL are considered.

Please note that for a small number of programmes and admissions routes you should not use CUKAS:
  • Candidates for Research degrees (MPhil/PhD) should apply by post: the application form is available below.
  • Candidates for Erasmus Exchanges or those wishing to audition by sending a DVD should see the guidelines lower down this page.