Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

Research covers a wide range of domains, from the industrial through to conceptual and theoretical; students are encouraged to research experimentation, exploration or the application of new design methods and propositions, cutting'edge technology or evolving engineering within the remit of innovation; potential students are welcomed to apply to study within the existing focus and wider research strands; particularly welcomed are proposals that align with the programme's two innovation strands; the first is disruptive market innovation: the core area is about delivering innovative products to the market that work; the 2nd strand is experimental design: this is for design innovation at a fundamental level, which may incorporate the exploration of new technologies, new product categories or new contexts; within these core areas there are currently 2 research groups focusing on culture, branding and design in China and intelligent and interactive urban environments.

Course Modules

Some emerging research topics are: physical and digital public spaces; new models of global content distribution; data journalism and news visualisation; the future of the book; curation of physical and digital collections; designing personalised and collaborative informal learning experiences; culture hacking and arts analytics; the role of design in influencing behaviour in digital and physical spaces; the room/city/world as computer; mobile support for intercultural collaboration; inks between art and financial data; computational thinking versus creative technology.

Course Additional Entry

For MPhil: normally a good relevant undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification. For PhD: Master's degree or equivalent qualification; initial registration is usually for MPhil. Exceptionally, other qualifications may be approved, providing that the Academic Board for Concessions and Discipline (ABCD) is satisfied that the applicant has the ability to pursue the programme of research successfully. Candidates who do not speak English as their 1st language will be required to provide evidence that they have achieved at least 93 in the TOEFL internet based test with an additional writing test score of TWE 24 or an IELTS exam score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MPhil £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MPhil £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 6 years
Part Time
MPhil £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 6 years
Part Time
MPhil £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Full Time
PhD £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
PhD £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees
6 years
Part Time
PhD £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
6 years
Part Time
PhD £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees