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MRes RCA: Architecture Pathway

The MRes Pathway in the School of Architecture offers training in practice-led and practice-based research methods for critical studies of spatial design, complementing the shared arts and humanities research methods taught across the College as part of the MRes RCA. Situated within the Royal College of Art, a world-leading art and design institution, the programme encourages interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with other Schools within the RCA and external partners. The pathway has a strong emphasis on practice-led and experimental research, preparing graduates for diverse careers in academia, architectural and urban design practices, human rights organisations, and social and environmental coalitions.

The MRes Architecture Pathway recognises a demand for a new type of graduate and a new type of research training, acknowledging that – in the last decade – architectural practice has become increasingly research-led with a proliferation of industry-based research departments. In the context of large-scale social and environmental concerns, professional innovation and spatial research acquires a profound importance, suggesting new models of collaboration between academic and non-academic institutions. This has led to a growing need for architectural knowledge outside traditional disciplinary domains.

The School of Architecture currently provides research specialism in the areas of Architecture & Social Movements, Intergenerational Cities, Institutional Forms & Practices and Climate Justice, which are seen as essential to contemporary architectural and urban research. However, the programme welcomes strong applications for other fields of interest as well as traditional academic research.

Key features of the programme:

  • The only MRes in Architecture offered within a world-leading art and design university, providing knowledge of interdisciplinary research methods within the arts, design, and humanities, delivered across faculties.
  • A range of specialisms that focus on the interface of research and practice, supporting the development of research careers in academia and industry-based research groups, as well as working with NGOs and cultural enterprises.
  • Development of advanced research skills and support of an individual research project that prepares graduates for further studies at PhD level or careers within an emerging field of practice-led and practice-based research.
  • Training in practice-led and practice-based research by working on ‘live’ case studies and projects within the field with respected external partners.
  • Students become part of a vibrant research community at the RCA and within London.