Royal Academy of Music, University of London

Royal Academy of Music, University of London


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 - 2 years
PhD Full-time - 3 years

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