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Students working together in the RCM cafe

Royal College of Music named top conservatoire for music in the UK in the Complete University Guide Arts, Drama and Music League Table 2021 

Tuesday 9 June 2020

The RCM was placed first among UK conservatoires for music for the second consecutive year. The Complete University Guide Arts, Drama and Music league table ranks specialist colleges and conservatoires in the UK using ten criteria: entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, graduate prospects, student-staff ratio, academic services spend, facilities spend, good honours and degree completion. The RCM performed particularly well in graduate prospects, facilities spend and degree completion.

RCM Director Professor Colin Lawson said ‘The Royal College of Music has demonstrated its commitment to the training of talented musicians from across the world as well as dedication to high quality teaching and facilities. This result shows that we continue to support talented musicians who choose to study at our world-class institution.’

This success follows the RCM being ranked the top institution for performing arts in the UK for the fifth consecutive year in the QS World University Rankings (2016–20).