The Royal College of Music designs master's programmes 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 chance 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

418 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%


  • UK 45%
  • EU 21%
  • Other 34%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Music 20 370 390
Psychology 10 15 25

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

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 successful applicants.