Royal College of Music

Course Introduction

This course is aimed at outstanding performers and composers who wish to explore research questions arising directly from their artistic practice. 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. 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.

The RCM?s Creative Careers Centre, which is recognised internationally for its innovative approach to supporting young musicians, provides an unparalleled service to current students and recent alumni. The dedicated team partners with leading consultants, reputable arts organisations and local communities, delivering unique career-building opportunities and a direct route to the music industry. The work of the Creative Careers Centre allows students to discover their professional identity, gain hands-on experience and new skills, develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and build a fulfilling professional portfolio.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £6,850 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £6,850 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £16,175 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £3,580 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £3,580 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £8,960 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students 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. Students from all backgrounds and alternative qualifications may be considered.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS (Academic)/IELTS (Academic) for UKVI - Overall score of 7.0, with at least 5.5 in all four components. Tests from all IELTS centres will be accepted, not just tests from UKVI SELT centres; Pearson (PTE Academic) - 67 in all four components; Cambridge: First Certificate in English - Overall score of 180-190 and no less than 160 in any component. For tests sat before January 2015 we require an overall pass at Grade A and at least 'exceptional' in all four components; Cambridge: Advanced Certificate in English - Overall score of 180-200 and no less than 160 in any component. For tests sat before January 2015 we require an overall pass at Grade B OR Grade C and at least 'borderline' in all four components; Trinity Integrated Skills in English - ISE II (Pass in all 4 components).
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 95