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Research

Research at the Royal College of Music embraces the creative, cultural and scientific study of music. Our thriving community of researchers works on a diverse range of projects in musicology, performance science, music education, composition and performance.

Our students are mentored and supported by staff at the cutting edge of research and innovation in their own disciplines, recognised internationally for their work. With access to fantastic resources, staff and students are able to work on research projects that embrace themes that include creative practice, experiential learning, history, music psychology and health and wellbeing.

The RCM had the highest percentage of world-leading research of all London conservatoires in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

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RCM in top 10% among English universities for research promoting public and community engagement

The RCM is in the top 10% of English universities for research promoting public and community engagement in the first Knowledge Exchange Framework.

Royal College of Music named top institution for performing arts in the UK and Europe

Royal College of Music named top institution for performing arts in the UK for sixth consecutive year and top in Europe.

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Introduction to doctoral study at the RCM

Find out about our specialist research degrees