Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

Research is possible by thesis or studio project; usually commence research at MPhil level, transfer to PhD with proof of appropriate standard of research.

Course Modules

Research is organised thematically around 4 clusters of interests: changing working patterns/multidisciplinary collaboration; social, environmental and political issues; interface of old and new technologies; moving image; the department's research aims to engage with a philosophical approach to understanding the role of communications design and practices in culture and society and the ways in which artists and designers work.

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 - 4 years
Part Time
MPhil £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 4 years
Part Time
MPhil £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
3 years
Full Time
PhD £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 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