A group of RCM researchers working in the library's Donaldson Room
The Royal College of Music offers a wide range of taught and research postgraduate courses. Our main Masters programme for performers and composers is designed to fulfill your potential as a musician and can lead to one of three qualifications: MPerf, MComp or MMus.

Alternatively, our MSc in Performance Science is designed for those who wish to gain a scientific understanding of how music is performed, taught, created and perceived. We also offer a range of Artist Diplomas as the highest level of taught postgraduate study, which are designed for those would like to work intensively on further artistic development beyond Masters level. Our research degrees allow students to undertake advanced research in performance, composition, musicology, music education and performance science.

Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance, GradDip

Master of Performance, MPerf

Master of Composition, MComp

Master of Music, MMus

Master of Science in Performance Science, MSc

Master of Music in Education, MMusEd (new in 2018/19 subject to validation – more information to follow)

Artist Diploma in Performance, ArtDip

Artist Diploma in Opera, ArtDip

Artist Diploma in Chamber Music, ArtDip

Artist Diploma in Composition, ArtDip

Doctor of Music, DMus

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD


For all general enquiries about study at the RCM, including those relating to applications and the audition processes, please contact our Admissions team. The International team will be able to help with any questions relating to studying at the RCM as an international student.

Admissions team

Admissions and general audition enquiries

International team

International student enquiries

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