Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

The Architecture research programme offers a range of critically informed, spatial research strands, situated within the Royal College of Art, a world'leading art and design institution.

All research strands encourage interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with other Schools and external partners. Both MPhil and PhD programmes support traditional academic research, but also strongly emphasises practice'led and experimental research, preparing graduates for diverse career opportunities in academia, leading architectural and urban design practices, human rights organisations, NGOs, as well as social and environmental coalitions.

We welcome unique and innovative research proposals and offer the option of aligning with the three thematic specialisms within the School of Architecture; Social Movements, Intergenerational Cities, and Learning Environments.

The MPhil/PhD Architecture programme is pedagogically configured to help researchers impact at local, national and international levels, working at the intersection of conceptual and applied research. We also support and supervise partnerships between researchers and business – from consultants for leading brands, cultural organisations, design practices, manufacturers, public sector agencies, charities and community groups – with a view to helping to develop and implement design'driven sustainable strategies that result in tangible, real'world outcomes.

The MRes Pathway in the School of Architecture offers training in practice'led and practice'based research methods for critical studies of spatial design, complementing the shared arts and humanities research methods taught across the College as part of the MRes RCA. Situated within the Royal College of Art, a world'leading art and design institution, the programme encourages interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with other Schools within the RCA and external partners. The pathway has a strong emphasis on practice'led and experimental research, preparing graduates for diverse careers in academia, architectural and urban design practices, human rights organisations, and social and environmental coalitions.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £9,500 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £14,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £28,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £9,500 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £9,500 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £14,200 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £28,400 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £9,500 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • 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.