Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

Research into new approaches to design, and new contexts and roles for design, which relate to the social, cultural and ethical implications of current and emerging technologies are encouraged; students can undertake an MPhil or PhD by project or thesis; projects may emphasise either a design or thesis driven output; the former is generally favoured, but research in design theory is also possible.

Course Modules

The College is particularly interested in proposals that: investigate theoretical frameworks and new methodologies for speculative and critical design practices; explore interactions between design, literary and cinematic fiction, science and technology; explore social, political, or ethical implications for emerging technologies and scientific research in areas (such as, but not limited to, genetics, synthetic biology, neuroscience, robotics and AI); investigate design'led futures and related topics, such as future visions, dystopias, utopias, science fiction.

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 including 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
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees