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Taught postgraduate

A group of RCM researchers working in the library's Donaldson Room

The RCM offers a bespoke programme of study that will give you the support, training and knowledge you will need for the working world of music.

Our main Masters programme for performers and composers is designed to fulfill your potential as a musician and can lead to one of three qualifications: MPerf, MComp or MMus.

Alternatively, our MSc in Performance Science is designed for those who wish to gain a scientific understanding of how music is performed, taught, created and perceived, while our MEd is an advanced taught degree with research elements that develops  vocational skills by building on  music educational experience in the profession, and is aimed at musicians currently engaged in education work.

We also offer a range of Artist Diplomas as the highest level of taught postgraduate study, which are designed for those would like to work intensively on further artistic development beyond Masters level.

Our research degrees allow students to undertake advanced research in performance, composition, musicology, music education and performance science.

Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance, GradDip

Master of Performance, MPerf

Master of Composition, MComp

Master of Music in Performance, MMus(Perf)

Master of Music in Composition, MMus(Comp)

Master of Science in Performance Science, MSc

Master of Education, MEd

Artist Diploma in Performance, ArtDip

Artist Diploma in Opera, ArtDip

Artist Diploma in Composition, ArtDip


For all general enquiries about study at the RCM, including those relating to applications and the audition processes, please contact our Admissions team. The International team will be able to help with any questions relating to studying at the RCM as an international student.


Admissions and general audition enquiries

International team

International student enquiries