Royal College of Music

Course Introduction

The Royal College of Music offers a diverse Masters programme with multiple study routes, which allow students to work towards the qualification most suited to their needs. Normally studied over two years, the MMus is also offered on a fast'track basis over 12 months. The Master of Music qualification develops students’ critical, analytical and research skills, as well as their ability to express themselves verbally to a high level. Such skills are particularly relevant for those who are interested in studying the background and context of the music they perform and analyse, and those who hope to teach or communicate about music beyond their principal study (for example as professional educators, facilitators or curators). This is in addition to continuing to develop students’ practical skills to a very high standard. The MMus can also provide the basis for further research through our Level 8 doctoral degrees.

The brass faculty is an active community with an outstanding team of professors, many of whom hold principal positions in major orchestras. In addition to your one'to'one lessons you will attend regular classes and ensemble coaching. The faculty benefits from visiting professors of the highest quality and distinguished visiting international musicians give masterclasses each term. You will have the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of ensembles of various sizes and the RCM orchestras works with some of today’s greatest artists and international conductors.

Jazz trumpet and jazz trombone are available as a second study to promising students, subject to audition once you commence your studies. Brass players also have the opportunity to join the RCM Swing and Big Bands.

Course Modules

The course includes two research'led MMus modules: Critical Portfolio in Year 1 and Research Project in Year 2. These modules are taken alongside a full programme of performance or composition studies in common with the MPerf Programme.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus

Qualifications required:

  • An undergraduate degree or an equivalent international qualification, usually in music. Any offer of a place on this course will be conditional on submission of two recent examples of extended written work in English of a satisfactory standard.