Research Degree Programmes

The RNCM offers the degrees of 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. For entry requirements see here.

There are five specialist pathways:

  • Performance — including performance practice and practice-as-research
  • 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 — including the philosophy, history, practice and theory of music education

Full-time MPhil and PhD degrees usually take 18 months and three years, respectively. Both research degrees, in all pathways, can also be taken part-time over three and six years respectively (UK and EU students only).

Research degree students at RNCM benefit from the College’s membership of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (


Annual tuition fees for 2020-21 are:

UK and EU students: £6,800 (full-time)
Overseas students: £15,700 (full-time)

Tuition fees are reviewed annually.

How to Apply

For further information about how to apply for RNCM Research Degrees please click here.



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