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Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Music (Hons). Four years. Specialisation in performance (classical, early music, opera, jazz), accompaniment, composition, electroacoustic music, aural skills, choral and orchestral conducting, musicology, criticism. Other available studies include music technology, orchestration, music business, instrumental and vocal teaching, leadership skills. Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physics & Music Performance. Four years.


Graduate programs


Master of Music. In performance, historical performance, composition, composition for screen, conducting. Master of Performance. Master of Composition. Master of Education. Studies in pedagogy and related topics. Master of Science in Performance Science. Studies in wellness for musicians. Doctor of Philosophy. Doctor of Music.


Diploma programs


Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance. One year. Artist Diploma: • in Performance. • in Opera. • in Composition.

Institution Notes:

The Royal College of Music was founded in 1882. It houses some fine performing spaces. Students in years three and four of the Bachelor of Music program have the opportunity to study abroad for an extended period. The College has a valuable and growing collection of historic musical instruments (Western, Asian, African), as well as a large collection of early printed music, manuscripts, portraits and ephemera associated with the music profession as well as autograph manuscripts of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Sullivan, Elgar and Vaughan Williams and a collection of letters of Beethoven. It includes the library of the Sacred Harmonic Society, of the Concerts of Ancient Music and the Musical Union. The RCM Opera Studio organises an active opera program comprising three productions each year, and there are specialist programs in early music, conducting and contemporary performance. Alexander Technique classes are available for all students. Facilities include two concert halls, opera theatre, electro-acoustic and recording studio, many teaching studios and practice rooms and a three-manual organ. The Centre for Performance Science, founded in 2000, carries out research into such areas a musicians' physical and mental responses to performance, enhancing the health and wellbeing of musicians, case studies of memory in performance and making music for mental health. There is a Centre for Performance History which comprises the Department of Portraits and Performance History and the Museum of Instruments. The Royal College of Music forms part of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership which awards AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership opportunities to the brightest and best of its students. The Junior Department offers Saturday morning tuition in solo performance and ensemble music, musicianship, jazz, electronic music, early music and Alexander Technique to young students aged 8 to 18. A mini-bass course is for students aged 7 to 11. There is a Visually Impaired Musicians Scheme for young musicians. The ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music) is offered as an external diploma and is available in performance. The College also offers the following honorary awards: FRCM (Fellowship of the Royal College of Music), conferred upon distinguished persons for services to music or to the College. HonRCM (Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music), conferred upon members of the professorial and administrative staffs and others who have rendered valuable service to the College. An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

September 2022