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Royal College of Music ranked global No. 1 for performing arts 2023

Wednesday 22 March 2023

The Royal College of Music has been ranked as the global No. 1 institution for performing arts in the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject, holding this position for the second consecutive year. This follows the RCM’s previous success in these rankings, having been ranked first in the UK consistently since 2016, and first in Europe in five of these years.

The QS rankings measure not only the strength and quality of teaching, but also the quality and output of research activity, employability and the RCM’s international profile. Rankings are compiled from the opinions of academics and employers and from analysis of research output and impact.

Kevin Porter, Acting Director of the Royal College of Music, comments: “Ranked as the global No. 1 institution for performing arts for the second year is testament to our ongoing commitment to music education of the highest quality. We have created an exceptional learning environment for students and I'm enormously proud and thankful to our teaching staff, professors and professional services staff who work with such dedication on behalf of our world-leading institution.” 

The Royal College of Music is a vibrant and inspiring community and has one of the richest artistic programmes of any conservatoire, with over 500 events each year giving students unparalleled performance experience in front of a live audience and enabling them to work with some of today’s finest professional musicians.

In recent years the RCM has transformed its campus, almost doubling the estate’s footprint, adding a new performance hall, a new performance studio, a large café and courtyard area and a new interactive Museum, all of which contribute to an inspirational environment in which students can create, research and perform.  

The Royal College of Music nurtures gifted musicians from all over the world, many of whom are at the forefront of musical life in the UK and across the world as soloists, composers, orchestral performers, musical directors, arrangers, teachers, and artistic leaders.

To find out more about studying at the Royal College of Music, visit our Study pages.

To book concert tickets or a visit to the Royal College of Music Museum visit the Explore section of the RCM website.

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