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Master of Science in Performance Science

Royal College of Music

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Royal College of Music

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The Master of Science (MSc) in Performance Science is an internationally distinctive programme, providing opportunities to examine the art and science of performance in real-world educational and professional contexts. The programme encourages students to engage with key facets of peak performance, musicians’ health and wellbeing, musical development, arts in health and effective learning and teaching.

Drawing on the expertise and facilities of the Centre for Performance Science, as well as the lively performance environment of the RCM and of London, the MSc in Performance Science will benefit anyone who is motivated to gain a scientific understanding of how music is created, learned, performed and perceived, including performers and teachers aiming to progress their current careers through continuing professional development.

Equally, it serves as an ideal base for those wishing to pursue doctoral research and/or teaching in performance science, music psychology or musicians’ health, or in any area in which knowledge of scientific methods and techniques would be an advantage.

Career development

MSc graduates typically go on to further research programmes or careers and/or continue with portfolio careers in the music and performance industries.

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

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 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

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    26th out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    122 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92 92%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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