Royal Irish Academy of Music

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is Ireland’s oldest conservatoire, ranked in the top 50 institutions in the world for the performing arts. We train gifted musicians from all over the world for careers in music performance, composition and pedagogy. Our graduates are innovative and reflective, with skills that enable them to take on the challenge of a life in the creative arts with confidence.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)



Founded in 1848, the Irish (later Royal Irish) Academy of Music is Ireland’s oldest musical teaching institution. Among its founders were Francis and Joseph Robinson, John Smith, Samuel Pigott, Charles Graves and John Stanford. Opening on 1 March 1848, the Academy held its first classes at the Antient Concert Rooms in Great Brunswick Street (now Pearse Street).


Our core offering is the BMus which has three strands: Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance and Composition. 

The BMusEd programme is  a professional qualification for those wishing to become music teachers at secondary school level (including Northern Ireland).  

The MMusPerf Programme attracts instrumentalists and vocalists who have achieved a high level of technical and musical skills in their undergraduate studies.

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Student services

We are committed to giving you practical, emotional and learning support you need while you are studying with us at the RIAM. Our aim is that every student at RIAM thrives in our friendly and inclusive environment. 

We welcome students with additional support needs and value diversity and multiple perspectives in all that we are and all that we do.   

Housing services

There is lots of private rented accommodation located within a bus or train journey of RIAM, making living and studying easy. Our city centre location means that we are accessible from most parts of Dublin. 

Library services

The RIAM Library offers music books, scores, orchestral and choral sets, and recordings in multiple formats. Online research databases and journals are also available.We also provide listening stations, computers and printers, as well as copying and scanning facilities.

ICT services

  • ASIMUT Room Booking
  • Email & Office365
  • Moodle

Student Life

Campus life

We are located in the Georgian Quarter of Dublin City, minutes from cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Ireland, Trinity College, the Abbey Theatre and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. 

Sports facilities

RIAM students have access to Trinity’s gym, located just at the bottom of Westland Row. For those students with a particular sporting interest, there is a club to suit. You can choose from 50 sports clubs in a range of disciplines. Get fit, stay active, and meet people outside the RIAM.

Student clubs

Trinity's 120 societies attract dynamic members from all over university and associate colleges. From arts, culture, politics and debating to gaming, advocacy and music, you are sure to find your niche. 

For in-house social events and gatherings, RIAM’s active Students Union is the group to join. They plan everything from Hallowe’en Parties to end of term celebrations. Through RIAMSU activities, our students meet up, socialise, stay connected and enjoy life in one of the most vibrant capital cities in Europe. 

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

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