The Royal College of Music (RCM) has masters programmes designed to prepare musicians for their future career, with vocational training, professional opportunities and research at the highest level. Distinguished tutors and masterclasses are complemented by the change to experience the world of professional music with London-based orchestras. A wide range of course options include performance, teaching skills, music administration, composition and arrangement, and the psychology of performance.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

390 postgraduate students in 2016–17

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%


  • UK 49%
  • EU 18%
  • Other 33%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Music 15 345 360
Psychology 10 20 30

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 6,675–13,900
Mixed -
Laboratory -
Clinical -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Any student who auditions in person for a place on one of the RCM's taught postgraduate courses in Performance or Composition will automatically be considered for a scholarship or study award.
  • Scholarships are offered purely on the merits of performance at audition, and may be for any amount up to full fees.
  • Bursaries are available for the RCM's Doctoral Programme and application forms are sent to succesful applicants.