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MPhil/PhD Applied Arts, Fashion & Textiles

MPhil and PhD students join the School of Arts & Humanities as fellow researchers, either responding to the School’s established research themes, or pursuing wider, individually conceived research projects. The School welcomes proposals for theoretical and practice-led projects, industrial collaborations and technologically focused research. Research investigations in the School may cover manufacturing, studio activity, commerce and retail or wider societal issues, including globalisation, sustainability and ethics.

Research students benefit from access to the School’s extensive and specialist workshops, the RCA’s own reference collections and archives, and the close relationships the College has with the nearby Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum and Natural History Museum. The School has links with many other specialist collections, galleries, commercial companies and educational institutions across the UK and abroad. The College runs a Research Methods Course which all first-year students are expected to attend.

Supervisors are drawn from the School’s staff, from across the RCA and from associate institutions to meet the diversity of research subjects.

Prospective research students are eligible to apply for competitive funding and the School continues to benefit from AHRC studentships.

Applicants need to follow the formal application process. The research coordinator for each programme is the first point of call for MPhil/PhD applications. Only applicants who have already completed a research degree in the same field of study will be considered for acceptance directly onto the PhD register. All other candidates will initially be registered as an MPhil.

Queries regarding applications can be sent to the contact email for the appropriate programme:

Ceramics & Glass: ceramics-and-glass@rca.ac.uk

Jewellery & Metal: jam@rca.ac.uk

Fashion Menswear and Fashion Womenswear: fashion@rca.ac.uk

Textiles: textiles@rca.ac.uk