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Battersea Campus

Key details


  • 5:15pm – 6:50pm


  • Battersea
  • Royal College of Art, Rausing Research & Innovation Building, London SW11 4NL


  • Free

Who could attend

  • Prospective students


  • Open day

The Open Evening is an opportunity for researchers to learn more about the PhD programmes available through the RCA’s Research Centres

If your research area aligns with the research specialism of the Research Centre teams, this event provides you with the ideal opportunity to gain an insight into the RCA, its research centres and PhD programmes. You will have the chance to meet with potential supervisors and current students in the RCA's new flagship research building at Battersea.

The opening of our new campus in 2022 marked a critical moment in the RCA’s transformation into a dynamic, STEAM-focused university, enabling our community of postgraduate students to tackle pressing global challenges – by bringing diverse disciplines together in one unique space. The Rausing Research & Innovation Building houses eight floors of dedicated independent and confidential research space, for areas such as materials science, soft robotics, advanced manufacturing, intelligent mobility, and AR and VR visualisation.

Our research centres address some of the major challenges facing society today: material science, a healthy ageing society, clean growth, and the future of mobility. We work with partners from around the world to establish new collaborative research partnerships with human-centred, design-led approaches at their heart.

Our Research Centres

PhD Programmes and research specialism

Intelligent Mobility MPhil/PhD

  • Redefining and reimagining vehicle design in a future of autonomy, shared mobility and sustainability
  • Exploration of new vehicle typologies through an understanding of mobility, infrastructure, architecture and sustainable placemaking
  • The creation of inclusive and joyful journey experiences by understanding people.

Materials Science MPhil/PhD

  • Regenerative and circular materials
  • Programmable biomaterials
  • Materials systems, such as bio-mimetic approaches to develop and manufacture materials and structures
  • Digital materials for new typologies of tangible interfaces
  • The human experience of materials to gain a deep understanding of perceptual experience (analogue and digital)


  • Bioinspired robot design and development for air-land-water
  • Enhanced robot mobility, manipulation and attachment in challenging environments
  • Robotic sensing including vision, touch, deformation, etc
  • Novel applications of soft materials in construction of robots

Computer Science MPhil/PhD

  • Computer graphics and visualisations, smart and interactive technologies, artificial intelligence, and Information Systems.


The schedule for the evening is:

  • 5.15–5.30pm: Registration
  • 5.30–5:50pm: Welcome to the RCA and PhD overview
  • 5.50–6:50pm: Refreshments / Met the team / Q&As / Break out conversations / Specialised focus / Networking
  • 6.50pm: End

We look forward to welcoming you to our Battersea campus!