- 180 credits
- 1 year programme
- Full-time study
School or Centre
- MRes RCA supports the development of research careers in academia and industry-based research groups. All students develop an individual research project, which prepares graduates for further studies at PhD level or careers within an emerging field of practice-led and practice-based research.
An interdisciplinary research Master's degree by practice or thesis across art and design
The MRes RCA is a dynamic, interdisciplinary degree that fosters innovative thinking and equips students for PhD-level study or professional industry research roles. By teaching processes and methods that are informed by art and design thinking, you will be introduced to and develop practice-led and experimental research skills.
The MRes curriculum offers a transformational experience and gives you the opportunity to construct your own area of expertise.It offers vibrant, rigorous and experimental research training in a broad array of research methods, allowing students to innovate and interrogate their disciplines by learning from methods across art and design practice.
Visit the RCA Student Research Platform to explore an archive and showcase of student research at the RCA.
Batel Yossef Ravid is a fully funded PhD student at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Her research is focused on developing a new data driven protocol which is based on the ‘Digital Twin’ model enabling co-production between academia, local communities and local government addressing the urban planning decision making process.
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How will I learn?
Students develop a creative and critically engaged individual research project, whether thesis-based or practice-based. We have a strong emphasis on experimental research, preparing graduates for diverse careers in academia, art and design industry and cultural institutions. We offer a range of specialisms for closer supervision of research projects across the disciplines of architecture, fine art, communication, design, and the humanities, focusing on the interface of research and practice. We believe interdisciplinary, collaborative learning and dialogue allows us to see and think about our own disciplines from new perspectives, fostering originality and innovation within the field.
What you need to know before you apply
This programme is open to a wide range of applicants, including graduates of the RCA or other MA programmes from the UK or around the globe, mid-career artists and designers seeking to further their education and practice, and career-changers who wish to bring their knowledge into the context of art and design research. The MRes award will also appeal to those in, or working towards, an academic career in a range of contexts.
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Fees for new students
Fees for September 2023 entry on this programme are outlined below. From 2021 onward, EU students are classified as Overseas for tuition fee purposes.
Overseas and EU
New entrants to the College will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. This will be offset against the tuition fees.
Overseas and EU
The RCA wants our programmes to be open to all talented students, from all backgrounds.