Postgraduate Application

Masters and Research Degrees

Minimum Age

The usual minimum age for applicants applying for Masters and Research Degrees is 21 by 1st September preceding the start of the programme.

Entrance Standards: Performance level

The LPMAM request a performance standard that is at least equivalent to that of a recognised music diploma in your Principal Study.

Academic Qualifications

You should normally be completing (or have completed) an undergraduate programme of musical study at the time of application

Academic Qualifications: Masters degrees

In order to apply and enrol for the MA and MMus you must have received a good Honours Bachelor degree (normally in Music: Level 6 in the UK’s National Qualification Framework). Alternatively, an international qualification of an equivalent standard (for example, 1st Cycle in the Bergen Declaration of the Bologna Process) from a university or educational institution of university rank is required.

The LPMAM will consider candidates whose qualifications are of lower standard if there is evidence of an adequate academic background alongside experience in a relevant field.

We are pleased to be able to consider a wide variety of international qualifications for entry to our graduate programmes. The following equivalencies are used for students studying under the US/Canadian grade point average (GPA) marking scheme:

First-class Honours: GPA 3.6/4.0
Upper second-class Honours: GPA 3.3/4.0
Lower second-class Honours: GPA 3.0/4.0

In conjunction with the attained grades, we will also consider the type and length of the degree programme you have studied as well as the institution where this learning took place.

Academic qualifications: Research degree

In order to enrol on the MPhil programme, you must have been awarded an upper second class Honours Bachelor degree, and preference is given to those with an additional Masters degree.

If you have any queries regarding the suitability of your qualifications prior to making an application, please contact our Admissions Officer at If you require more specific advice, the National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) can also assist - call +44 (0)870 990 4088 or e-mail

Academy qualification: Advanced Diploma (Opera)

Applicants to this programme will be assessed strictly on merit. Applicants will need to demonstrate at both the Audition and interview that they will be able to meet, or exceed, on an on-going basis the standards required to participate fully in LPMAM Opera productions and scenes. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they will be able to acquire the depth of knowledge and understanding, skills and experience demanded through participation in LPMAM Opera’s artistic and educational projects.

Successful applicants will normally have a Master’s qualification or equivalent (in a relevant subject). However, we will consider on a merit-basis applications from students who may not meet the normal requirements.

For applicants whose first language is not English the normal language requirement is IELTS 7.0/Pearson 70 (Academic Test).

Applicants whose qualifications and/or English language qualifications do not meet the expected requirements will be given additional interviews following their entrance audition to determine their suitability for study at this level. If deemed appropriate, the interviews will include an APEL process. Additional interviews will be conducted by one of the postgraduate tutors and/or an APEL panel consisting of the Head of Programme and Deputy Principal (Programmes and Research).

MMus written requirements

For those applying for the MMus, it is a requirement to include two pieces of academic written work on musical subjects. Each piece should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length – if you wish to use a sample from a longer piece of work please choose an extract. You must also include a Concert Proposal or a Research Project Proposal (see below).

You must write in English including when English is not your first language. We cannot accept translations.

In choosing which work to submit please consider samples that are representative of you and your interests. The two pieces should ideally show contrasting elements of your skills: for example one could demonstrate detailed research into a particular area, and another could reveal your own individual response to issues. In both the interview and the written work we will be considering your responsiveness, adaptability and creativity as well as critical engagement. In addition we are looking for maturity in your musical development and interests as well as basic research techniques and extended writing skills.

The primary method of assessment rests on your performance at the entrance audition.All Master of Music candidates are automatically considered for Master of Arts, so if you are also interested in MA study you should only apply for MMus because you will only be considered for one audition applicable to both courses of study.

If you do not submit written work, or if the assessment at your entrance audition interview is that your submitted work is not strong enough for MMus entry, or if you decide you only wish to pursue MA studies, your application will be transferred to the MA programme.

Your written work should be sent to the LPMAM Registry office to arrive by 1st November (for December auditions), or by 7th January 2017 (New York auditions, Conducting and Choral Conducting auditions).

When applying for the Concert Project MMus, in addition to the two pieces of written work, you should include a Concert Proposal. This should describe both your plans and aims for a potential Concert Project. It should address the following questions:

  • What repertoire do you plan to work on?
  • Why do you consider this repertoire interesting?
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  • Why is it important to you?
  • How do you consider that you will be able to continue exploring this repertoire?
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  • What do you propose for how to present this repertoire in concert, including: programme design; venue; collaborators.

When applying for the Performance and Research MMus, in addition to the two pieces of written work you should include a Research Project Proposal. The Proposal should address the following questions:

  • What subject area (e.g. repertoire, perspective) do you wish to explore?
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  • How does this subject relate to your personal performance interests?
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  • How does your proposed subject relate to work already published in this area? (please provide specific examples)
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  • What structure do you envisage for your project?

At the application stage, the proposal is considered as a way for us to determine your suitability to undertake an extended dissertation. If you are successful, it won’t be necessary for you to rigidly stick to your proposal as we understand that as a project develops it adapts and changes from the original brief.

If you are applying for Composition MMus, please see the Composition application page. If you do not submit written work, or if the assessment at your entrance audition interview is that the work is not strong enough for MMus entry, we will not be able to offer you a place.

Course Fees:

  • MA and MMus Full-time EU (2- years): £10,000
  • MA and MMus Full-time Non EU (2- years): £19,000
  • MA and MMus Full-time EU (1- year): £12,000
  • MA and MMus Full-time Non EU (1- year): £22,000
  • MPhil/PhD Full-time EU: £5,000
  • MPhil/PhD Full-time Non EU: £12,000
  • Opera and Musical Theatre: £12,500

Start Date:

23 September

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