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Violinist using the Performance Simulator


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).


Centre for Performance Science investigates the impact of Covid-19 on arts and culture professionals

The Centre for Performance Science has launched a study to investigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on professionals in the arts and culture sectors.

Royal College of Music presents first events as part of Music, Migration and Mobility project 

The Royal College of Music is presenting the first in a series of events as part of a major research project into the legacy of migrant musicians from Nazi Europe in Britain.


Research at the Royal College of Music

Randall Scotting discusses his decision to unertake doctoral research at the RCM