Research course


Royal Academy of Music · Composition

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement for registration for the MPhil or PhD degree is a second class honours degree of a UK university or an international qualification of an equivalent standard obtained after a course of study extending over not less than three years in a university (or educational institution of university rank), in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed; OR a Postgraduate Taught degree of the University of London in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed; OR a professional or other qualification obtained by written examination and approved by the College (i.e. RAM) as an appropriate entrance qualification for the MPhil or PhD degree in question; AND for students whose first language is not English, the UK Home Office requires an overall score of at least IELTS 5.5 or Pearson 51, and also each individual element of the test (reading, writing, listening, speaking) must have score no lower than IELTS 5.5 or Pearson 51.

Months of entry


Course content

The Academy’s research degrees are aimed at performers and composers who already have highly developed skills and focused career aspirations. Students work with an individual supervisor and a team of creative staff at the Academy to develop their work through engaging in a substantial research project. This will normally be directly connected to and driven by creative activity as a performer or composer but will also require a critical context and critical reflection.

The Academy aims to approach practice-based research in ways that are distinctive to the institution and its environment. These are encouraged through an ongoing series of research workshops and through educational developments on the taught degree programmes. Research degree students are thus invited to become part of an active community and to take a lead in furthering practice-based approaches to research questions and processes.

The Academy offers two-year MPhil and three-year PhD awards. Offered as awards of the University of London, both programmes ensure their distinctiveness by demanding the same high standards from our students, as with all other Academy degrees: of students reflecting the highest possible practical standards.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There is a small scholarship fund for the programme and a range of research internships are advertised to research degree students each year. These range from work assisting in the dissemination or editing of research projects to assistance with aspects of postgraduate teaching and can be discussed at interview if the student wishes.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

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