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Wearing gloves and picking up a wooden flute from storage, in the RCM's Wolfson Centre


Research at the Royal College of Music embraces the creative, cultural and scientific study of music. Our thriving community of researchers works on a diverse range of projects in musicology, performance science, music education, composition and performance.

Our students are mentored and supported by staff at the cutting edge of research and innovation in their own disciplines, recognised internationally for their work. With access to fantastic resources, staff and students are able to work on research projects that embrace themes that include creative practice, experiential learning, history, music psychology and health and wellbeing.

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is ranked top UK conservatoire offering music as a single subject in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).


RCM Museum opens state-of-the-art research facility

The Royal College of Music Museum opens a brand-new object storage and research centre.

Royal College of Music and City, University of London launch new book exploring musical care

'Collaborative Insights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Musical Care Throughout the Life Course' provides interdisciplinary insights into how musical care is understood and undertaken during distinct stages of a person’s life.


Introduction to doctoral study at the RCM

Find out about our specialist research degrees