What will I learn?

The Royal College of Music offers a diverse Masters programme with multiple study routes, which allow students to work towards the qualification most suited to their needs. The Royal College of Music’s Master of Music (MMus) qualification combines research work with a range of intensive training and varied performance opportunities designed to develop your performance or composition skills to a professional level.

Normally taken over two years, the Master of Music (MMus) qualification develops students’ critical, analytical and research skills, as well as their ability to express themselves verbally to a high level. Such skills are particularly relevant for those who are interested in studying the background and context of the music they perform and analyse, and those who hope to teach or communicate about music beyond their principal study (for example as professional educators, facilitators or curators). This is in addition to continuing to develop students’ practical skills to a very high standard.

Learning & teaching

Our Masters programme is designed to be flexible, ensuring you can undertake study directly relevant to your needs and aspirations. A variety of options helps every student develop their interests during their time at the RCM.

Career development

The RCM’s Creative Careers Centre, which is recognised internationally for its innovative approach to supporting young musicians, provides an unparalleled service to current students and recent alumni. The dedicated team partners with leading consultants, reputable arts organisations and local communities, delivering unique career-building opportunities and a direct route to the music industry.

The work of the Creative Careers Centre allows students to discover their professional identity, gain hands-on experience and new skills, develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and build a fulfilling professional portfolio.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£26,400.00 (US$ 36,323) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


Royal College of Music

Prince Consort Road,


Kensington And Chelsea,

SW7 2BS, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students require a first degree or diploma or equivalent qualification, usually in music. They may require a first degree with a 2:1 class or above in music or a related subject such as education, psychology or biology. Other degrees, professional qualifications, or experience may be considered.

For international students

In addition, MMus applicants require an undergraduate degree or equivalent international qualification, usually in music and two recent examples of extended written work in English, such as essays. All offers for performers are made based on their performance at audition. Students need to have: IELTS (Academic)/IELTS (Academic) for UKVI overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (reading, listening, speaking, writing). Tests from all IELTS centres are accepted, not just tests from UKVI SELT centres. TOEFL iBT overall score of 72, with minimum component scores of: Reading18, Listening -17, Speaking-20, Writing-17.

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