Frequently Asked Questions

What does an average week look like at Abbey Road Institute?

Our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is an intensive, full time programme. You will have a daily timetable of lectures with our core team as well as weekly lectures with industry experts.

The Institute is open 7 days a week, and we encourage you to use the studios and equipment as much as possible to make the most of your time at Abbey Road. This means you can be working and recording during the evenings and weekends in addition to your timetabled lectures and workshops.

What is the relationship with Abbey Road Studios and can I access the studios?

Abbey Road Institute is an exciting new educational initiative born out of the expertise and skills developed at the Studios over the past 80 years. The curriculum has been developed with industry for the industry and will better prepare you to enter the job market as a competent and confident future professional in the music industry.

The Institute has its own professional studios which you have access to on a daily basis and you will also have access to the main commercial Abbey Road Studios for specific projects and modules.

Who studies on the Advanced Diploma? Is the course right for me?

Our diploma is an industry standard, professional training course, which will give you the knowledge, skills and access to professional networks that will help you progress in audio production and music industry. We encourage applications from students from all different backgrounds and musical interest. You will need to demonstrate the required level of skills as detailed in the entry requirements, but we’re not looking for students interested in any specific ‘type’ of music or genre. The course is intensive and we encourage you to apply if you are passionate about the subject, driven to work hard and want to immerse yourself in a dynamic, professional studio environment.


Your application is your opportunity to demonstrate that you meet the entry requirements necessary to study on the course.  So that we can assess your suitability for the course and offer you an interview you will need to include the following documents:

  • CV – here you can demonstrate your education background and any relevant work experience
  • Cover letter – your cover letter is where you can explain your motivation to study and give further explanation about your background (recordings, composing, performances etc).  You should also explain your musical abilities, eg. which instrument (s) you play, what music theory experience you have and give an indication of your level.
  • Qualifications – most recent and relevant education qualifications. Also include any music related qualifications – most recent grades and any music theory certificates.
  • Music Portfolio – you should submit a music portfolio where you take on a different role in each recording, e.g. artist/performer, mixer, producer, etc.  Please label the portfolio or submit further documentation to explain your role in each recording.
  • Passport or ID card – please include a copy of your photographic ID, this is usually a scan of your passport or ID card from your home country.

How do I apply for the Advanced Diploma?

The application process for our diploma is straightforward. You can apply online via our application portal here –  APPLY NOW.

You will need to demonstrate that you meet the entry requirements and upload copies of your qualifications and your music portfolio. If you do not have copies of your qualifications or are waiting for your results, you may still submit your application form to be considered.

We interview all applicants that meet the entry requirements. If you are in the UK we would like to interview you in person. If you are applying from another country in Europe and not able to travel to the UK we can interview you on Skype or a similar platform.

We will notify you of the outcome of your application within a few days of your interview. If you have any questions or need any support with the online application process please contact our Admissions team who will be very happy to help.

When do I apply for the Advanced Diploma?

There are two intakes per year, which start in March and September. You can apply to either intake depending on which dates suits you best. We advise you to start your application as early as possible to give yourself time to fully prepare your application and interview. Our courses are small with a maximum of 20 spaces available for each intake and are in demand well in advance, so we recommend applying as soon as you are ready.

We usually hold interviews between 4-8 weeks before the course starts, but will also consider earlier and later applications depending on availability.

What are the payment and funding options available?

We offer different payment options to support you in being able to fund your studies with us. You can choose to spread the payment throughout your time at Abbey Road or you can pay the full amount upfront and receive a discount on the course fees.


September 2017 and March 2018

Course Fees: £13,440

Payment Plan A (Full fee paid up-front):

Registration fee £ 450*
Course fee £ 12,550
Total fee £ 13,000

Payment Plan B (Paid in monthly instalments)

Registration fee £ 450*
Course fee 12 x £ 1,120
Total fee £ 13,890

*If your application is unsuccessful we will refund your registration fee minus a £100 administration fee.


*New funding opportunity*

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 21596. A Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

You may be able to borrow between £300 – £10,000 towards the cost of your study. You can find out more about the loan and apply here.

As the Advanced Diploma is not a 3 year degree programme, the course is not eligible for an undergraduate student loan. You may find other funding options through doing your own research online, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

EdAid – crowd funding platform for students

Top Universities – a guide to funding your studies


I am an international (non-EU) student, can I apply to Abbey Road Institute?

Unfortunately we are not able to sponsor student or study Visas for international applicants. To apply to study at Abbey Road Institute in London you will usually need to hold a European passport.

In rare circumstances you may be eligible for another kind of visa such as the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa. You can apply for this visa if you’re aged between 18 – 30 and from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan. Please visit the UK government website for further information on eligibility and how to apply.

If you have dual nationality and hold an EU passport you can apply to study at Abbey Road Institute in London. If you are not eligible to study in the UK we encourage you to consider one of our other schools in Europe or in Australia.

I believe the best way to innovate in the future is to learn from the past.

Noah Dayan, Current Student

It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer

Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer

There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!

Tori Sunnucks, Graduate 2016

On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.

Deborah Melliard, Graduate 2016