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Research

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).

News

Royal College of Music top conservatoire in Guardian music league table

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.

Royal College of Music named top UK conservatoire for music in Complete University Guide Arts, Drama and Music League Table 2020

The RCM is the top conservatoire for music in the 2020 Complete University Guide Art, Drama and Music table.

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Research at the Royal College of Music

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