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Violinist using the Performance Simulator


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 RCM had the highest percentage of world-leading research of all London conservatoires in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).


Royal College of Music part of new national Mental Health Network

The Royal College of Music will be part of a new Mental Health Network led by UK Research and Innovation.

Healthy Conservatoires nominated for national health award

Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the RCM, has been shortlisted for the Health Humanities Medal as Chair of Healthy Conservatoires. 


Research at the Royal College of Music

Randall Scotting discusses his decision to unertake doctoral research at the RCM