RIAM Philharmonia - Horn section

Final Applications: Undergraduate and Postgraduate entry September 2022

Published: 1st Mar, 2022

Final Applications are now being accepted on a case-by-case until 12 April 2022 for a number of courses and instruments/voice types.

Further information on entry requirements to undergraduate and postgraduate can be found at:

Entry Requirements (Undergraduate)

Entry Requirements (Postgraduate)

Detailed information on the application and audition process can be  accessed at Third-level Applications | RIAM

For further information on the audition process please download RIAM Audition Guidelines Application Audition Procedures April-2022.

Please contact roisinmurphy@riam.ie if you are interested in making a late application for September 2022 or with any questions you may have.

Scholarships & Bursaries

1848 Scholars

The RIAM has set aside a generous budget to offer financial assistance to incoming students each year. We offer 1848 scholars to those students who score highly at audition, in return for administrative or teaching/accompaniment work. 

There are two types of 1848 Scholars 

1. Administrative Assistance Scholars 

Examples of assistance include stewarding, music specialist administration (e.g. bowing/marking parts, scanning music), meeting prospective students, concert administration & presentation, and outreach projects 

€1,000 bursary is awarded for 75 Faculty Assistance Hours 

€2,000 bursary is awarded for 150 Faculty Assistance Hours 

2. Teaching/Accompaniment Assistance Scholars 

For teaching assistance, an interview post-audition will assess your previous teaching experience. Teaching assistants are allocated group classes, early years, or adult students. Accompaniment assistants are allocated rehearsals with students and class concerts. The Head of Faculty monitors all 1848 Scholars engaged in teaching. 

€1,650 bursary is awarded for 60 Teaching Assistance Hours 

€2,500 bursary is awarded for 90 Teaching Assistance Hours 

€5,000 bursary is awarded for 180 Teaching Assistance Hours 

We offer bursaries based on the ranking of applicants at audition. We also assess your willingness to take on administrative or teaching assistance work, and your aptitude for the work. 

BVOF/RIAM Next Generation Awards

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and the Royal Irish Academy of Music have announced a transformative new music prize to support the studies of two master's students every year at Ireland's National Music Conservatoire

The largest bursary of its kind in Ireland, the BVOF/RIAM Next Generation Awards will select one vocal studies student and one instrumental student annually to each receive €20,000. This new award will assist each winner to complete their two-year Master in Music Performance programme at the RIAM. 

The award is open to vocal and instrumental students worldwide who apply to study on the Masters in Music Performance programme at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, with a particular focus on applications from tenor/countertenors for the vocal award.  Recipients will be chosen through their RIAM audition to receive the award, which will be provided as €10,000 in Year 1 and €10,000 in Year 2. Students interested in studying MMus at the RIAM from September 2022 can apply between 1 March - 12 April 2022.

More information on how to apply and audition requirements can be found on riam.ie/apply. Applications submitted by 12 April 2022 will be automatically considered for this award.  There is no separate application process.

Sample Entrance Examination Papers

As part of the application process you will be required to complete an online entrance examination paper. A sample paper is available below. 

In order to complete your entrance examination you will need to download a Resource Paper, noting the following;

  • The Exam should be completed by a combination of onscreen and written answers (you will be required to take a picture and upload the file)
  • Please follow the instructions on this Resource Paper, and the Online screen. Each question on this paper will correspond to one on the screen.
  • Written answers on this paper should be clear and visible for picture upload. You are recommended to use a dark, regular pencil or erasable pen. 
  • Please ensure you have downloaded the correct paper and opened the correct link for your chosen course of study.

Access Sample Online Paper

BMus & Teaching Dip Online Paper