Postgraduate Programmes

The RCM is home to a lively community of taught and research postgraduate students. Our postgraduate programmes encourage interaction and dialogue at all levels; at their core resides the concept of the informed musician who works across practice and theory.

As well as encouraging the study of key sources relevant to performers and composers, our postgraduate programmes foster critical skills, and provide you with a platform upon which to engage in topical debates about all issues connected with the arts; not least to rehearse the arguments for the importance of your own music-making.


Our Masters programmes are designed to prepare you for the music profession. They encourage you to develop your creative personality as a musician, and to benefit from our highly distinguished and experienced team of professors.

The MPerf and MComp programmes are designed with a strong emphasis on Principal Study. The MMus programmes are intended for those who are aiming for careers that require more extensive academic experience alongside high level performance or composition skills.

The MSc draws on the expertise and facilities of the RCM Centre for Performance Science and is intended for those who are interested in developing a robust understanding of the science of musical performance. Both the MMus and MSc provide a solid grounding for those aiming for further study at doctoral level.


  • Artist Diploma Programmes: for performers or composers who have already demonstrated excellence in performance at Masters level, either at the RCM or elsewhere
  • Research Degrees: for performers, composers, musicologists and performance scientists, who wish to combine practice and theory at the highest level


  • PGDip: for instrumentalists, conductors, singers and composers who have completed one year of a two-year full-time Masters programme
  • GradDip: for Non-EU and UK/EU vocal students, as a bridge to postgraduate study, who have an alternative to a music degree or come from a non-conservatoire environment

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