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Percussion student in the Britten Theatre

Royal College of Music top conservatoire in Guardian music league table

Monday 10 June 2019

The Royal College of Music is ranked number one conservatoire in the 2020 Guardian University Guide's music league table and third out of all UK institutions for music. 

Criteria for The Guardian’s league table includes student satisfaction with the course, teaching and feedback based on National Student Survey (NSS) data, the institution’s student to staff ratio, spend per student, average entry tariff, continuation rate and graduate career success. The RCM scores particularly highly in the areas of career success, continuation and spend per student, with a high score of 9/10 given for the RCM’s investment in individuals.

RCM Director Professor Colin Lawson comments: ‘I am delighted to see this result which reflects the investment we make in each and every student at the Royal College of Music. We provide our students with the world-class training they need to have successful careers when they graduate, and we remain the natural choice for talented musicians across the globe.’

This league table success follows an excellent result in the 2020 Complete University Guide in which the RCM was named top UK conservatoire for music. The RCM was the top music conservatoire for overall student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) according to the Times Higher Education and has placed top of the QS World University Rankings for performing arts in the UK for four consecutive years (2016-2019).

The RCM continues to invest in students with the £40million More Music: Reimagining the Royal College of Music Campaign, which is transforming the RCM’s facilities and safeguarding access to world-class music education for generations to come.