• Founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).
  • Notable alumni include Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Leopold Stokowski, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Thomas Allen, Sarah Walker, Alfie Boe, Liz Watts, Sarah Connolly, Sophie Bevan,James Galway, John Lill and Natalie Clein. 

Location and Transport

  • 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.
  • Within five minutes’ walk of the Natural History Museum, V&A, Institut Français, Goethe-Institut and Hyde Park.
  • Within 10–15 minutes’ walk of South Kensington, Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington.

Entry Requirements

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

Student Mix

The 810 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 53%
  • Postgraduate 47%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 96%
  • Part Time 4%


  • UK 53%
  • EU 20%
  • Other 27%

Course Flexibility

  • Four-year undergraduate BMus(Hons) course.
  • Full- or part-time postgraduate courses (one, two or three year).
  • International exchanges are encouraged, with a large number of student opportunities available with leading European, American and Australian music conservatoires and universities.

Teaching Standards

  • RCM professors are dedicated, passionate and experienced. Some are musicians with worldwide reputations with several professors holding principal positions with main London orchestras. Others have dedicated their lives to teaching, but all are accustomed to working with the most talented students to unlock their artistic potential.
  • Regular visitors include the likes of Lang Lang, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Bernard Haitink.

Research Standards

  • The RCM has a strong commitment to research and innovation across both theory and practice.

Academic Strengths

  • RCM academic programmes aim to create professional musicians with high-level practical skills. They teach students to be flexible, thoughtful and well-informed about music and professional opportunities.
  • BMus (Hons) degree awarded under the RCM’s own Royal Charter.
  • BSc (Hons) in Physics and Music Performance taught jointly with Imperial College London.
  • Graduate programmes include: PGDip, GradDip, MMus, MPerf, MComp, MSc, Artist Diploma, DMus or PhD.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • RCM’s unrivalled facilities include the Britten Theatre and Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, professional recording studios, teaching and practice rooms, extensive Library and Museum.
  • A broad range of ICT services to aid and enhance the RCM learning experience.

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.
  • RCM’s Disability Statement is available on our website.

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.

Further Details

Address Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
UCAS Code R56