Back to top      
Violinist using the Performance Simulator

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 Royal College of Music (RCM) is ranked top UK conservatoire offering music as a single subject in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

News

RCM ranked top UK conservatoire offering music as a single subject in Research Excellence Framework 2021

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is ranked top UK conservatoire offering music as a single subject in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

Royal College of Music ranked global number one for performing arts

The Royal College of Music has been ranked as the global top institution for performing arts in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Watch

Introduction to doctoral study at the RCM

Find out about our specialist research degrees