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What will I learn?

Our research degrees span the full range of communication, design and media environments. Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university.*

We welcome research projects that activate new kinds of knowledge formation; critically exploring, probing and creating ways to open dialogues on what it means to be human in rapidly shifting and arguably dehumanising environments. We look for critical engagement, originality and proven skills in both practice and writing, and encourage questioning and experimental research approaches.

The ethos of the School is to foster social, cooperative, inclusive, and critical approaches to communication practice and research to help better understand and positively change the terms, narratives and practices of contemporary communication

About the RCA

The Royal College of Art, is an internationally renowned art and design university, providing students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.

*The RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the seventh consecutive year (2015-2021) in the QS World University subject rankings.

Which department am I in?

Royal College of Art

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
£29,000.00 (US$ 35,112) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2022

Venue

Royal College of Art

Kensington Gore,

Kensington and Chelsea,

London,

SW7 2EU, England

Entry requirements

For international students

The programme welcomes applications from candidates from across the world and of all ages, including those with academic and professional backgrounds. Applications are considered in terms of quality of proposal, quality of practice (where appropriate), readiness to undertake a research degree at this level and supervisory capacity. Visit the programem page on the RCA website for entry requirements for this programme. If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, MPhil candidates will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE). PhD candidates will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). TOEFL - 100

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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