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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).


David Wright appointed to a Personal Chair in the Social History of Music

Professor David Wright has been appointed to a Personal Chair in the Social History of Music

RCM Researcher awarded Cambridge University Press book prize

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce that Professor Richard Langham Smith has been awarded the prestigious Royal Musical Association and Cambridge University Press Outstanding Edited Collection Book Prize for 2021.


Introduction to doctoral study at the RCM

Find out about our specialist research degrees