What will I learn?

Performance — including performance practice and practice-as-research.

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

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.

Which department am I in?

Royal Northern college of music

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
£15,700.00 (16,20,998) per year
The fee mentioned is for 2020-21 entry and there will be a slight increase in the fee for 2021-22 entry.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2021


Royal Northern College of Music

124 Oxford Road,


M13 9RD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants for the research degrees programme (MPhil or PhD) at RNCM are normally expected to hold a good master’s degree in a relevant subject, having undertaken research training and produced a dissertation and/or a portfolio of compositions or performances. The minimum requirement for applicants to the composition and performance pathways is an average IELTS score of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any of the four components, or equivalent scores on a test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) taken no more than 12 months before the application was made.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.