Research course


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland · School of Music

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Entry requirements

The essential qualification for admission to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a research student is the possession of a good Honours degree or the attainment of a level of professional achievement equivalent to that of a good Honours degree. A student who possesses a research Masters degree, or who has attained a level of achievement equivalent to that of a research Master degree, may be permitted to enter the Academy as a second-year research student.

Months of entry


Course content

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has offered research programmes leading to the awards of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) since October 2000. Following an historic agreement between the Royal Conservatoire and the University of St Andrews, research degrees undertaken at the Royal Conservatoire are validated and awarded by the University. Research students matriculate at both the Royal Conservatoire and the University of St Andrews and therefore have access to the facilities of both institutions.

Our research ethos and areas of interest

We have a distinctive ethos for our research programmes: as performance to the highest standards is central to all of the Royal Conservatoire's work, our research activities are located within that context. The key elements of performance and/or creation give the Royal Conservatoire's research profile a clear and individual identity. We offer opportunities for suitably qualified students to work towards the achievement of research degrees in appropriate areas of enquiry in both music and drama. Applications will only be successful if it is clear that the proposed research can best be undertaken within a conservatoire context, in which performance and/or creation is held central.

Our specific areas of interest for research degrees are:

  • The processes and methodologies of developing new performance work (music/drama/music theatre), including collaborative and devised performance
  • Musical composition, in all genres, for live, electro-acoustic and mixed media
  • Performance
  • Scottish music
  • Methodologies of specialist performance training, including the use of IT

If you want further information on research degrees in Music, please contact Stephen Broad.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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