Royal College of Music

Course Introduction

The RCM research community currently includes approximately 50 doctoral research students working in all of its key areas. The RCM’s doctoral awards are specialist research degrees that particularly encourage research in the areas of performance, composition, musicology and performance science. As a doctoral student, you will work with at least two supervisors in addition to attending group tutorials and seminars relevant to your particular area of research. In addition, you will be expected to take an active role within the research life of the Royal College of Music. The RCM’s doctoral programme offers both a DMus and PhD pathway, and it is possible during the degree to move between pathways depending on how your individual research project evolves. DMus students will submit a substantial portfolio of practical work in performance or composition and write an extended commentary of between 20,000 and 50,000 words, contextualising your research.

Start Date:

09/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
DMus
6 years
Part Time
DMus
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Qualifications required:

  • To be admitted onto the programme, you will normally need to have a good Masters degree, the ability to demonstrate a close familiarity with existing theoretical and practical aspects of your topic area, a developed awareness of fundamental research skills, and some ability to design and define a viable project.