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About research at the RCM

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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.

The RCM thrives on research, which directly informs the teaching and learning across the College and beyond. Our research environment facilitates close interaction between musical practice, academic study and research, promoting enquiry, critical reflection and innovation.

RCM researcher working in the Library's Donaldson Room

RMA Research Skills Event, 24 October 2019

The RCM is delighted to host this RMA workshop investigating ‘how to do academia’. Intended as an introduction to the PhD process, research students and other delegates will have a chance to ask questions no one has answered before.

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RCM researcher working in the Library's Donaldson Room

AHRC studentships

The Royal College of Music is included in the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Studentships will be awarded to members of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, which is comprised of eight top universities and six major cultural organisations, including the RCM. These studentships offer exceptional opportunities for preparing the brightest and best doctoral students for successful careers.

Research centres

Centre for Performance Science

The Centre for Performance Science is an ambitious collaboration between the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, aimed at tackling major challenges of performance across a wide array of domains. Both institutions are uniquely positioned to undertake this activity, with partnerships spanning the arts, medicine engineering, natural sciences and business.

Our vision is that, by understanding how skilled performers meet the distinctive challenges of their work, often under intense stress and public scrutiny, performance will serve both as a source of inspiration and a rich resource for research.

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Get in touch

You are welcome to get in touch with our research team using the details below. Additional information, including contact points for potential research students and the press, can be found on our Research enquiries page.

Emma Hewett

Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager

+44 (0)20 7591 4734