The Royal College of Music is home to a lively and diverse community of approximately 50 doctoral students working on innovative projects in the areas of performance, composition, musicology, music education and performance science.
With access to fantastic resources, you can create and realise your own individual research project. Mentored and supported by internationally recognised staff at the forefront of research in your discipline, you will be challenged to push the boundaries of new knowledge.
The RCM had the highest percentage of world-leading research of all London conservatoires in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The RCM's doctoral programme offers both a DMus and PhD pathway. It is possible during the course of your degree to move between pathways to best reflect the way your individual project evolves.
The DMus pathway places emphasis on practical work in performance and composition, supported by a written commentary. The PhD emphasises written work with a longer final dissertation, which may be supported by practical contributions in appropriate circumstances.
For more information on our doctoral options, including how to apply, please follow the links below.
Find out more about the DMus
Find out more about the PhD