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MA - Master of Arts
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 Composition (MComp) qualification develops your composition skills to a professional level through a range of intensive training and varied performance opportunities.
Normally taken over two years, the Master of Composition (MComp) develops composer’s practical skills, complemented by options which reflect current vocational and professional needs. Such skills are particularly relevant for those who aim to enter the profession as practitioners at the highest level and who need to meet the current practical demands of the music industry.
We also offer Composition for Screen as a principal study specialism for students looking to hone their skills and develop professional connections in this rewarding and competitive field.
Masters qualifications & study routes
The RCM's Masters programme for performers and composers offers two different study routes, which lead to different degree qualifications.
If you are not sure which Masters qualification is best for you, please only submit one application. We recommend applying for the Master of Music (MMus) initially, which has higher academic entry requirements. You are then welcome to discuss your options at your audition. You may be accepted on the MPerf/MComp route instead.
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.
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.
Extensive performance and teaching opportunities are available, as well as valuable guidance on CV and biography writing, concert programming, communication skills, project management, marketing and publicity, online promotion, financial matters and how to develop a business idea.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
Candidates require an undergraduate degree or an equivalent international qualification, usually in music. All offers for composers are made on the basis of their portfolio and interview. The RCM welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and alternative qualifications may be considered.