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  • Qualification

    MEd - Master of Education

  • Location

    Royal College of Music

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The Master of Education (MEd) is an advanced taught degree programme with research elements that develops students' vocational skills by building on their music educational experience in the profession. The course is suitable for musicians engaged in education work, such as teachers, animateurs, creative education leaders and facilitators, ensemble/choir directors and coaches, and professional performers, such as orchestral players whose work includes educational activities.

Students will study a combination of modules that enable them to analyse, develop and share their own practice, building a portfolio of evidence and conducting in-depth action research investigating an area of their own choice.

The programme will be available part-time over a period of two to four years and is designed to fit around a professional musician's portfolio of other commitments. On a case-by-case basis, a one-year full-time route will also be available, subject to approval by the Programme Leader. Students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must select the one year option.

Students will complete a major independent research project based on their own experience and build a portfolio of practice that shows evidence of their professional development.

The programme is suitable for:

  • Orchestral and other graduate professional musicians who have experience in education (including creative education and community music, individual teaching, etc).
  • Conservatoire Junior Department teachers.
  • Music staff in specialist schools.
  • Conservatoire professors new to Higher Education teaching.
  • Music teachers working in schools, community and other settings, who satisfy the application requirements.

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.

Extensive performance and teaching opportunities are available, as well as valuable guidance on CV and biography writing, concert programming, communication skills, project management, marketing and publicity, online promotion, financial matters and how to develop a business idea.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,100per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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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