Apply for an MPhil/PhD

How to apply for an MPhil/PhD at the RNCM  

Applicants for MPhil/PhD should normally hold a good (Distinction or Merit) Master’s degree (MMus, MA, MSc or equivalent) in a relevant subject, which included a research component. Your two referees must have knowledge of your current or recent academic work. You can find more on entry requirements here.

When considering whether you wish to undertake an MPhil/PhD you should read the extract from the MMU-RNCM Research Degrees Handbook, Submissions for MPhil and PhD at RNCM. This extract and the complete guide are available as PDF documents under Downloads on this page.

Next, read the Guidelines for Applicants and browse the research interests of RNCM staff to determine who might be a potential supervisor for your research project.

You are strongly advised to discuss your research project with the potential supervisor you have identified, or with one of the members of staff listed below. They will not suggest specific topics to you; rather, they will expect you to be familiar with published and on-going research in your field of interest, and to be capable of constructing a proposal for an original research project.

Composition: Professor Adam Gorb (

Music Education: Dr John Habron (

Music Psychology: Professor Jane Ginsborg  (

Musicology: Professor Barbara Kelly (

Performance: Professor David Horne (

When you have discussed your project with the appropriate member of staff, please submit your formal application.

Application Forms

Once you have received feedback on your draft research proposal from the appropriate member of staff, and are ready to make a formal application, you should download and complete an RNCM Research Degrees Application Form (under Downloads on this page).

Deadline for Applications

Deadline for Applications

For September 2021 start:

7 December 2020 (for AHRC funded places). Research degree students at RNCM benefit from the College’s membership of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (

3 May 2021 (for self-funded places)

Application forms, recordings and portfolios must be sent as email attachments to Links to online recordings are acceptable.

Interview dates: Dates in January 2021 TBC

Further information

For further information please contact the Research Department via or 0161 907 5228/5386.