Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

We welcome inter-disciplinary as well as highly focused research ? the approach required varies from between different teaching areas. It is not essential for you to have a design background; innovative design research is often undertaken by those from other disciplines. If in doubt about the suitability of your previous experience, please discuss your questions with the research studies leader of your preferred programme.

As a research student in the School of Design, you may be designing an innovative object or system, or your research may prioritise the conceptual or historical. Research topics range from those which are strongly needs-focused ? such as designing new forms of medical equipment ? to those which are more speculative ? such as considering the philosophy of computer games. The research methods you adopt will be attuned to your subject: you may use established methods or develop your own.

Start Date:

2019-SEP-09. 2019-SEP-09.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £9,500 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £9,500 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £28,400 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil European Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil 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 6.5 with 6.5 in writing, or equivalent for MPhil level.
  • IELTS score: 6.5