Conducting student Duk-Kyung Chang with Donald Runnicles
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) until 1 September 2011)
St Andrews Connection Following an agreement signed in 2000, the University of St Andrews validates the higher research degrees (MPhil and PhD) of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As part of this, both institutions look to create opportunities for students and staff and to encourage participation by students, in particular.
Links between the academic staff in the University and the Royal Conservatoire are fostered both at a level of practical support and training and in relation to ongoing decisions about research and research methodology. The intention is that intellectual relationships built will continue beyond the period of the validation agreement.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of Europe’s leading centres of professional, vocational learning and provides outstanding specialist tuition to the highest professional level for the world’s new artists in dance, drama, music, production, screen and education. Building on a 165 year-old tradition of excellence it is redefining the traditional model of a conservatoire. Students benefit from a contemporary, international focus and a breadth of artistic disciplines which is unique in the UK and distinctive worldwide. This provides unique opportunities for collaboration and transdisciplinary learning and is supported by a range of enviable professional partnerships and visiting artists. A key focus is the innovative curricular emphasis on developing and assessing the whole person – aesthetic, intellectual, physical and emotional.
In 1998, the Royal Conservatoire won springboard funding from the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council to establish a National Centre for Research in the Performing Arts and, by the time of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 40 per cent of its research output in music was assessed as being at either a world-leading or internationally-excellent level. The Conservatoire now offers research programmes leading to the awards of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) of the University of St Andrews.
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