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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Royal College of Music

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research degree focuses on musicological and scientific approaches to performance and composition. The RCM research community currently includes approximately 50 doctoral research students working in all its key areas. The RCM’s doctoral awards are specialist research degrees that particularly encourage research in the areas of performance, composition, musicology and performance science.

As a doctoral student, you will work with at least two supervisors in addition to attending group tutorials and seminars relevant to your area of research. In addition, you will be expected to take an active role within the research life of the Royal College of Music.

The RCM’s doctoral programme offers both a DMus and PhD pathway, and it is possible during the degree to move between pathways depending on how your individual research project evolves.

PhD students submit a written dissertation of between 80,000 and 100,000 words, which may include supporting practical work if appropriate to the topic.

Royal College of Music courses are internationally recognised as full degree courses with successful students awarded their qualifications under the RCM's Royal Charter.

Career development

The RCM’s Creative Careers Centre, which is recognised internationally for its innovative approach to supporting young musicians, provides an unparalleled service to current students and recent alumni. The dedicated team partners with leading consultants, reputable arts organisations and local communities, delivering unique career-building opportunities and a direct route to the music industry.

The work of the Creative Careers Centre allows students to discover their professional identity, gain hands-on experience and new skills, develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and build a fulfilling professional portfolio.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,600per year

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University information

Royal College of Music

  • Campus address

    Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, Kensington And Chelsea, SW7 2BS, England

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