The Royal College of Music's dedicated and experienced professors include respected international musicians at the forefront of their fields, many who are principal players with London’s major orchestras. RCM's musicians perform in fantastic venues, with world-leading conductors and directors, and RCM composers see their works brought to life by brilliant performers. Situated in the cultural heart of London, directly opposite the world famous Royal Albert Hall and adjacent to the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry by audition and interview.
  • Two A levels at grade E or above, or 1 A level (grade E or above) and 2 AS levels (1 at grade D or above, and 1 at grade E or above).
  • Most UK applicants take A level music or an equivalent qualification and achieve a grade A or B.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Teaching Methods

  • Assessment for undergraduate students is grouped into subject, general and key skills.
  • The assessment tasks within the RCM's undergraduate courses are varied, including technical assessments, performance exams, take-away assignments and practical assessments in performance or practical modules; unseen written exams, essays, individual and group presentations in academic or theoretical modules; and reflective diaries, workshops, and vivas in skills-based modules.
  • At the end of the programme, successful students are awarded the internationally recognised BMus(Hons) degree under the RCM’s own Royal Charter.

Undergraduate Courses

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Course Flexibility

  • The BMus undergraduate programme is a flexible 4-year degree with a focus on principal study, alongside faculty activities and a mix of core and optional courses. A unique feature of this course is that, as students progress through the 4 years, discovering strengths about themselves and their practice, the flexibility of this programme allows them to shape the degree to suit their aspirations.
  • Full- or part-time postgraduate courses (1, 2 or 3 year).
  • International exchanges are encouraged, with a large number of student opportunities available with leading European, American and Australian music conservatoires and universities.

Student Services and Facilities

  • There are 2 extraordinary, large performance spaces, the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall and the Britten Theatre, which are suitable for a wide variety of events.
  • A number of more intimate venues, perfect for chamber and solo performances, includes the Parry Rooms which overlook the Royal Albert Hall.
  • There are professional recording studios, teaching and practice rooms, and RCM's internationally significant collection of musical instruments, works of art and manuscripts is the most substantial research resource relating to the history of music held by any UK conservatoire, and is used regularly in teaching.
  • There are a broad range of ICT services to aid and enhance the RCM learning experience including a virtual learning environment which can be accessed from any online device, anywhere in the world.

Disability Services

  • The RCM welcomes and encourages the participations of students with disabilities. It has particular experience in supporting students with dyslexia and visual impairment.
  • Please refer to the college's website for RCM’s Disability Statement.

Students' Union

  • The RCM Students' Union supports students' activities and wellbeing, represents the student body on RCM committees and organises a range of social activities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The RCM's Creative Careers Centre offers a range of performance opportunities in and around London, from high-profile concert halls to galleries and community centres.
  • Relevant jobs and opportunities are featured on RCM noticeboards and in the weekly jobs e-bulletin.
  • Students can take classical music into the wider community with RCM Sparks workshops.

Careers Guidance

  • The RCM Creative Careers Centre offers tailored 1-to-1 career sessions on preparing applications and essential publicity materials, along with guidance on self-management and self-employment including finance.
  • Careers workshops and special events; and resources and seminars on how to build a successful career.
  • Popular weekly jobs e-bulletin and extensive performance opportunities in and around London.
  • Private teaching service, matching members of the public with RCM students able to teach.
  • Students can use the careers services from day one of their course to develop an outstanding CV and wealth of experience which will help shape their future career. The Creative Careers Centre provides advice and services to RCM alumni for 5 years after graduation.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 54%
  • Postgraduate 46%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 94%
  • Part Time 6%

Where students come from

  • UK 53%
  • EU 20%
  • Other 27%

Student gender

  • Male 49%
  • Female 51%


  • Founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).
  • For more than 130 years the RCM's students have gone on to enjoy international careers, with alumni including many of the world's leading composers, conductors, singers and instrumentalists.

Notable Alumni

  • Benjamin Britten.
  • Sarah Connolly.
  • Gustav Holst.
  • Alina Ibragimova.
  • Julian Lloyd Webber.
  • Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Anna Meredith.
  • Dame Joan Sutherland.
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Further Details

Address Royal College of Music Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS
UCAS Code R56