Research Degrees

The RNCM is firmly established as a leading centre for advanced study not only of music performance and composition, but also theoretical and applied musicology.

Our MPhil/PhD programme provides opportunities for undertaking high-level research projects within the creative, and supportive environment of one of Europe’s most dynamic conservatoires.


Research students at the RNCM are part of a lively community of world-class scholars and creative practitioners, with access to outstanding resources and facilities, supervision of the highest calibre, individually-tailored research training and a wide range of opportunities for career development and enhancement. They also benefit from the College’s close collaborations with numerous professional ensembles across Europe and participation in the rich research environment of the North West’s major universities.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are validated and awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University for a collaborative programme of research, undertaken and supervised at RNCM.

There are five specialist pathways:

  • Composition in a variety of media and genres
  • Musicology, including the historical, analytical and cultural study of music
  • Music Psychology and cognate disciplines, including both quantitative and qualitative research in the fields of expert music performance and training; music education and pedagogy; music and health
  • Music Education and pedagogy — including the philosophy, history, practice and theory of music education
  • Performance, including performance practice and practice-as-research.

Research students play an active role in the RNCM’s research events programme, including participating in the weekly Research Forum.

To meet the RNCM’s current research students and to get an idea of the kinds of projects they are working on click here.


Research Degree Programmes

Entry Requirements

How to Apply

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