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Degree Course Applicants: FAQs

Published: 23rd Nov, 2020

Each year we receive many questions from prospective students who are preparing to study with us. The answers to the most common questions are described here.

Hopefully we have covered all your questions. We are looking forward to your application before 1 December at https://riam.ie/apply.

Firstly, there are no music diploma requirements when applying for BMus or Diploma in Music Teaching & Performance. For more guidance on the musical standard expected, check out our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

However, it is important to provide documentation such as exam results and recommendations. We ask candidates to have their documentation complete if at all possible, but otherwise RIAM can make a provisional offer based on the audition.

We will confirm this with an official offer once the exam results or recommendations come in, which can be up until term starts in September.

  • If you are missing exam results, please upload a word document with information on when you expect the results as part of the online application, instead of the transcript.
  • If you are missing a recommendation on 1 December, please also upload a word document to say it is to follow and the referee can instead e mail roisinmurphy@riam.ie with the recommendation. This would need to be in by 1 January at the latest.

There are language requirements for all RIAM programmes for students whose first language is not English. Details on the proof of competency that non-English natives must submit are described on our language requirements page.

RIAM awards bursaries to a limited number of students following the auditions each year. The bursaries are awarded according to the performance rankings at audition. Students in receipt of bursaries will be asked to undertake administrative or junior teaching assistance at RIAM in return for the bursary.

We receive many international students, including through the Erasmus+ programme. If you are interested, you can apply through the Erasmus+ application information before 1 May  each year.

If you also require visa advice as a non-EU student, we recommend you visit the visa information pages on our website.

Many support questions we receive are about finding student accommodation in Dublin. While RIAM doesn’t have its own student accommodation, we have compiled a list of accommodation here on our website.

The BMus and MMus programmes provide lots of performing opportunities:

For singers, RIAM is proud to organize opportunities, including RIAM’s two annual operas, and in our song, opera scene and contemporary projects.As we take in small numbers to the programmes, there will be ample opportunity to get real on-stage experience. For some examples of RIAM operas, please check our YouTube channel.

For instumentalists, RIAM’s ensembles include the Philharmonia, Opera Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. There are also opportunities to explore Historical Performance. Activities include:

  • Working with specialist guest conductors
  • Sectionals and side-by-side work with professional orchestral musicians
  • Individual coaching with international calibre RIAM faculty
  • Platform and orchestral audition training