Research course


Royal College of Music · Graduate School

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to submit an abstract of between 1500 and 2002 words outlining their proposed area/s of study. Those wishing to integrate practical study in composition or performance into their DMus should append a sample of their recent activities to the application form. Performers should include a recording of at least two contrasting works, of approximately 30 minutes duration. Composers are asked to submit a folio of three substantial works together with a recording of at least one of the submitted pieces. All prospective students will be interviewed.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The RCM's DMus programme encourages the combination of practice-based and scholarly approaches, in performance; composition; musicology and the psychology of music

As a performer, you may seek to develop and apply practical skills and knowledge to an intellectual and critical engagement with theoretical aspects of your work. Composers benefit from an unrivalled access to an high standard and wide range of performance opportunities afforded by this environment. Musicologists may be interested in studying an aspect of the significant resources of the RCMs collections. Scholars engaged in research in the area of music psychology benefit from a similarly fertile research environment.

Department specialisms

Performance; Composition; Musicology; Psychology of Music

Information for international students

IELTS level 7.0 required.

Fees and funding

Some RCM scholarships and bursaries, and external trusts. System of merit-based scholarships and need-based study support grants for which full-time DMus students can apply.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
48-72 months

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