Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Performance Practice

Supervision is available for research in all the main areas of performance practice and composition; performance practice research is geared particularly to encouraging the development of new methodologies, new insights and new knowledge; composition research is designed to encourage composers to pursue their artistic development to the highest level and reflect critically upon the significance of their compositional activity; assessment is by 30,000-word these for MPhil and 50,000-word these for PhD, usually expected to include performance documentation of various kinds.

Entry requirements

Master's degree or equivalent; applicants must submit a detailed research proposal of around 2000 words outlining the thesis they wish to pursue and the methodologies that would support it; they must also submit evidence of their standards of written and practical (or compositional) work, both of which are considered at entrance interview; registration is for MPhil in the 1st instance.

Course modules

Much of the research focuses on the practical aspects of music in the areas of performance and composition, including: manuscripts; marked scores; historic instruments; museum artefacts; critical and reflective study of practice itself. Staff researchers have collaborative relationships with researchers from other disciplines, including: instrument-making; the visual arts; architecture; art history; museum curatorship; computing.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPhil Full-time £ 11,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 11,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Academy of Music Camden NW1 5HT South East

Key information

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