The Master of Science (MSc) in Performance Science is an internationally distinctive programme, providing opportunities to examine the art and science of performance in real-world educational and professional contexts. The programme encourages students to engage with key facets of peak performance, musicians’ health and wellbeing, musical development, and effective learning and teaching.
UCAS code (1 year) 706F
UCAS code (2 years) 700P
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Drawing on the expertise and facilities of the Centre for Performance Science, as well as the lively performance environment of the RCM and of London, the MSc in Performance Science will benefit anyone who is motivated to gain a scientific understanding of how music is created, learned, performed and perceived, including performers and teachers aiming to progress their current careers through continuing professional development.
Equally, it serves as an ideal base for those wishing to pursue doctoral research and/or teaching in performance science, music psychology or musicians’ health, or in any area in which knowledge of scientific methods and techniques would be an advantage.
The programme is taught through a series of seminars and tutorials organised around core study modules.
Royal College of Music courses are internationally recognised as full degree courses with succesful students awarded their qualifications under the RCM's Royal Charter.
Candidates normally require an undergraduate degree with a 2:1 class or above (or equivalent international qualification) in music, another performing art, or a subject related to performance science, such as education, psychology, sociology, or biology.
The RCM welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and alternative qualifications may be considered. If your qualifications are not listed here, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to discuss your suitability for the programme.
How to apply
You can submit your application for entry in 2018 to UCAS Conservatoires from mid-July 2017. Through UCAS Conservatoires you can apply simultaneously to all the institutions that are members of Conservatoires UK. You can track your application, find out when your audition is and get the results of your audition all on UCAS Conservatoires. You can also confirm your decisions online.
Applicants interested in second study, joint principal study or alternative study are reminded to submit only one application. If you submit two applications you will be charged twice.
Candidates are required to pay an application fee of £50. All application fees are paid online through UCAS conservatoires.
If you change your mind about applying, you can contact UCAS Conservatoires to cancel and request a refund. To be entitled to a refund you must cancel within 14 days of the date you submitted your application. You can find further details about how to do this, and also information about amending your application details, on the UCAS Conservatoires website.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in London. We do not offer interviews for the MSc in Performance Science at our international audition venues; however, we may exceptionally over a video interview.
Interviews will be held in January.
We appreciate that some candidates may not have prior experience in all areas covered on the programme; however, we expect applicants to be familiar with some of the performance science literature, as well as concepts in empirical research.
Clarke E, Dibben N, & Pitts S (2009), Music and Mind in Everyday Life, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780198525578. (See OUP.)
McPherson GE (2006), The Child as Musician, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780198530329. (See OUP.)
Parncutt R & McPherson GE (2002), The Science and Psychology of Music Performance, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780195138108. (See OUP.)
Williamon A (ed.) (2004), Musical Excellence, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780198525356. (See OUP.)
If you have any questions about studying at the RCM or about the admissions process please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to help you.