The Royal College of Music's dedicated and experienced professors include respected international musicians at the forefront of their fields – including 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.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: R56

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 52%
  • Postgraduate 48%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 95%
  • Part Time 5%

Where students come from

  • UK 54%
  • EU 19%
  • Other 28%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The RCM library is run by a friendly and knowledgeable team of supportive staff.
  • The collections cover a wealth of material including printed music and scores, books, music journals, recordings and online resources such as Oxford Music Online and Naxos Music Library.

Student jobs

  • 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 advice

  • The RCM Creative Careers Centre offers tailored one-to-one career sessions on preparing applications and essential publicity materials, along with guidance on self-management and self-employment including finance.
  • There are careers workshops and special events, resources and seminars on how to build a successful career. Work opportunities are listed in a popular weekly jobs e-bulletin, along with extensive performance opportunities in and around London. A private teaching service matches 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 five years after graduation.

Health services

  • The Fit to Perform initiative promotes a range of activities and resources to support student health and well-being, and there is a strong tradition of Alexander Technique at the RCM which is popular with many students.

Counselling services

  • The RCM counsellor is available to all students; there is also a counselling service offered at the nearby Imperial College Health Centre. Designated members of RCM academic staff are able to advise students on any academic issues.

Disability support

  • 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.

Other services and facilities

  • RCM Student Services offers a confidential and impartial advice service to all students dealing with a range of issues, including financial concerns, private accommodation, musicians' injuries, personal matters and more.
  • The Imperial College Chaplaincy Centre welcomes all RCM students, and provides a place of resource, help, advice and information relating to faith and spirituality.

Students' Union

  • The RCM Students’ Union (SU) is a lively student body that includes every student enrolled at the RCM and represents the students’ voice at all levels. The SU provides regular feedback to the RCM on every aspect of student life, from courses to facilities, ensure life at the college is as fulfilling as it can be. The SU also works closely with Student Services to ensure the well-being of students.
  • The SU area is the social hub of the RCM. Offering a canteen and bar with pool table, it is ideal for socialising with friends, getting to know other students and joining in SU events. A diverse range of student-run societies includes SitSoc (See Interesting Things Society) which hosts museum hopping and gallery viewings. Student-led musical projects, such as the Students' Film Orchestra and semi-staged oratorio productions are also encouraged.
  • Highlights of the SU social event calendar include Freshers' Week, Raising and Giving (RAG) Week, International Week and the summer ball. There are also day trips and country walks, which offer a great way to relax and explore places outside London. The SU also has links with other institutions, most importantly with Imperial College London, which provides access to more than 300 clubs and societies.


  • 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.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Royal College of Music is the first conservatoire to partner with Google Cultural Institute; digital exhibitions are curated regularly, allowing visitors to hear what the instruments sound like.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sir Hubert Parry.
  • Benjamin Britten.
  • Gustav Holst.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
  • Lord Lloyd Webber.
  • Rebecca Clarke.
  • Dame Joan Sutherland.
  • Dame Sarah Connolly.
  • Elizabeth Watts.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams.
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage.
  • Sir Thomas Allen.


Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road , London , SW7 2BS