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Fees & Funding

Find out about fees, bursaries, support and potential funding sources.

2015/16 applicants applying direct from UK undergraduate degrees can receive up to £16,000 towards fees. For more information, see Postgraduate Support Scheme.


The RCA is a small, entirely postgraduate institution set in the very centre of London that operates with high staffing levels, and we do everything we can to ensure that individual students have access to the academic guidance and pastoral support, equipment, materials and facilities they need to achieve their aims.

Our particular situation and educational ethos means the actual cost of the educational experience we provide is high by comparison with many other UK institutions. 

We also firmly believe that a true MA experience, which allows students the space and time to develop as reflective practitioners, and which genuinely prepares them to succeed in their chosen discipline, is a two-year experience, whereas many other institutions offer MAs after only one year.

These factors mean it is essential for students to think very carefully about the financial implications for themselves, and often their families, before applying for a place at the College. 

A degree from the RCA is highly valued in all the professional worlds our students move into, and we offer an experience that we believe is real value for money. But studying here is a serious financial investment, so please ensure that you have adequate funding in place.

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Student Workspace
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HEFCE Guidance for Prospective Postgraduate Students

The HEFCE guide Steps to Postgraduate Study provides information and resources for prospective UK, European Union and international students considering taught postgraduate courses. It highlights questions that students may wish to ask themselves and course providers about their study options, and provides links to where they may find answers.