Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

The PhD from all areas of art, design and related disciplines that demonstrate the potential for advanced research and critical practice in the field of communication. Projects that explore topical issues through both practice and theory are particularly encouraged.

PhD students follow their own bespoke research route within the School, supported by expertise from staff within the School and the wider College. Students on our new MRes (Communication Design) are guided through a well-planned curriculum and are supported through both local and College-wide expertise.

Students attend a stimulating Research Methods Course, delivered alongside other research students from across the College, in order to support development of their research expertise and methods of investigating. Each Research student is guided by one or more supervisors and, in some cases, additional specialist advisers.

PhD students share a multi-disciplinary, ?hot-desking? studio, which provides a quiet space for students to develop their ideas. Research students use the facilities at the College, while also accessing specialist facilities, archives and resources further afield related to their research. Students have full use of the School?s specialist workshops (digital print, animation, moving image, sound, letterpress) and labs (information experience design, animation, visual communication) to produce and present their practical work.

Start Date:

2019-SEP-09: Students are normally registered for three years full-time, with submission within four years.. 2019-SEP-09: The course duration is 4 to 7 years..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £9,500 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £9,500 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £28,400 Overseas Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students must normally have obtained a good relevant undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification. The College recognises as an equivalent qualification any degree, diploma, certificate or other evidence of formal qualification awarded by a university or other higher education establishment.
  • International entry requirements: Students must normally have obtained a good relevant undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification. The College recognises as an equivalent qualification any degree, diploma, certificate or other evidence of formal qualification awarded by a university or other higher education establishment. Students who do not speak English as their first language will be required to provide evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved an IELTS score of at least 7.0 with 7.0 in writing, or equivalent for PhD.
  • IELTS score: 7