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RCM students walking down the street in South Kensington

Study at the Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music is one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Our excellence was recognised by the 2020 QS World University Rankings, in which we ranked as the top institution for performing arts in the UK for the fifth consecutive year and top in Europe. The RCM also achieved an overall rating of gold for its outstanding teaching and learning provision for undergraduates in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). 

We welcome and support students from all over the world. Our international reputation is matched by our commitment to students who benefit from world-class facilities, amazing performance opportunities and exceptional professors. You can see our facilities for yourself at our annual Open Day, where you can also meet staff and current students.

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RCM student at an art and music event at the Royal Academy of Art

Outstanding opportunities

The RCM was awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework. Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the RCM delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

We provide advice, support and access to a range of job opportunities through our Creative Careers Centre, which offers the chance to earn money, make industry contacts and perform at prestigious events. For orchestral musicians we offer sit-in schemes with some of the major London orchestras. Our learning and participation programme, RCM Sparks, offers the opportunity to gain workshop leadership experience, building skills much prized by the music industry.

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RCM student at an art and music event at the Royal Academy of Art

RCM Live

Bernard Haitink conducts Ravel Daphnis et ChloƩ

The RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Bernard Haitink