Validation of degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The University of St Andrews validates research degrees offered by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. On successful completion of their programmes of study, research students at the Conservatoire receive an award from the University.

Research students are based at the Conservatoire, but are also matriculated students of the University and have access to the resources of both institutions.

Areas of interest for research degrees are:

  • the processes and methodologies of developing new work in the performing arts, including collaborative and devised performance
  • musical composition, in all genres, for live, electro-acoustic and mixed media
  • performance
  • Scottish music
  • methodologies of specialist performance training.

The University of St Andrews and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland also operate shared supervision arrangements, allowing students to benefit from supervision of two subject experts, one at each institution, towards cross-disciplinary degrees leading to the award of PhD. For more information, please contact the Global Office at