Design Pathway MRes

Course Introduction

The MRes RCA Design Pathway builds design research skills that can be deployed within academic and professional careers. We foster innovation and tackle complex systems and social challenges, from the future of work to the circular economy, climate change, AI and healthcare.

We offer interdisciplinary learning; you'll be exposed to the full range of programmes across the School of Design, including our MAs, research centres and networks. Experienced researchers run seminars and workshops on design research across topics that include cybernetics, ethnography, ethics, future forecasting, speculative design, participatory design, action research, reflective practice, robotics and coding.

The pathway's curriculum offers a transformational experience and gives you the opportunity to construct your own area of expertise through a solo research project. You'll develop knowledge in design research through experimentation in theory and practice, interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer review.

Start Date

EXPECTED SEP-2021.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £12,650 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £33,500 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £12,650 European Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications. The course welcomes candidates from all over the world and ages both prior academic and professional experience. The selection process considers creativity, imagination, curiosity and the capability to reflect, criticise and innovate as demonstrated in the research statement and portfolio; it also assessed the potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high standards overall.
  • International entry requirements: Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications. The course welcomes candidates from all over the world and ages both prior academic and professional experience. The selection process considers creativity, imagination, curiosity and the capability to reflect, criticise and innovate as demonstrated in the research statement and portfolio; it also assessed the potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high standards overall. If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 90