MA/MSc Entrance Requirements

Global Innovation Design

Before being offered a place on the GID Programme applicants must normally satisfy the minimum entry requirements for both the RCA and Imperial as well as the agreed additional entry requirements for the GID Programme:


Global Innovation Design applicants normally need to have at least a UK honours degree at 2:1 level (or the equivalent) in any subject relevant to innovation. It is normally desirable for applicants to have some relevant work experience.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this degree qualification will be considered (for example, excellent professional experience or outstanding creative or technical abilities). Special Cases for Admissions will require (unanimous) approval from the GID Entrance Examination Board. A recommendation from the GID Entrance Examination Board will then require approval by the RCA’s Academic Board for Concessions and Discipline (ABCD).

Candidates who do not speak English as their first language are required to produce evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved at least an IELTS exam score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in ALL elements (or equivalent from another approved test by another provider such as Pearson Academic PTE). For further information please see the RCA website.


All candidates are required to submit a portfolio of work to be assessed by the GID programme team. Portfolios will only be accepted online using the RCA Online Application Form and Online Portfolio Submission process. The portfolio should show:

  • The excellence of your current expertise, study area or professional activity
  • Evidence of your interest or ability in the fields of innovation, design, technology and
  • engineering
  • Samples of your creative abilities or relevant personal interests.

Interview: (if invited)

Submitted applications shall be reviewed by the programme's Admissions Board and scored on how well applications demonstrate:

  • Creativity, imagination, innovation evident in the work
  • Ability to articulate the intentions of their work
  • Intellectual engagement in areas relevant to the work
  • Technical skills appropriate to the work
  • Potential to benefit from the course
  • Use of English

Highest scoring candidates may be made an immediate offer. Other candidates the programme is interested in shall be invited to interview. 

A list of accepted candidates on the GID Masters course at RCA/Imperial, along with their portfolio, application forms, references, letters of recommendation and other relevant information or data will be shared within the GID consortium (e.g. with the exchange partners). The partner institutions will have the opportunity to comment on the candidates and raise issues regarding the selected applicants. The RCA/Imperial will take such comments into consideration before making the final offer to the candidates. While the opinions of partner institutions will be considered the ultimate decision on acceptance onto the GID Master’s will be taken by the RCA/Imperial Entrance Examination Board.

Cross College Requirements

For full details of cross-College entrance requirements and portfolio requirements (if applicable), see MA Entrance Requirements.

Pre-sessional Language Courses

The College offers an eight-week EAP Pre-Sessional Course runs from July to September every year for applicants who have not quite reached the required IELTS level before they start their Programme. Entry level for the eight-week Pre-sessional Course is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5–6.0 in the writing or 6.5 overall with 5.5 in the writing, or equivalent recognised by the College.

Fees & Funding

Applicants to the RCA from England and the EU are likely to be eligible for the new Postgraduate Student Loan of up to £10,000 per course of study. 

See Tuition Fees for a breakdown of costs for Home and Overseas students on each of our degrees.

Students should estimate the cost of living in London at £12,000–£15,000 per year. 

For further information on funding visit Financial Help, or email

If you are from the USA you should note that the Royal College of Art is designated as an eligible institution for American students to apply for a Guaranteed Student Loan under the new Direct Loan Program. The RCA's School Code is 00942300.

Applications 2019/20

Due to a substantial increase in applications, we are no longer accepting applications to this Programme for a September 2019 start. New applications are welcome but will be considered for a September 2020 start. If places become available for a 2019 start, successful applicants will be contacted.

Visit Apply for details on how to make your application, or log in to our Online Applications site.

If you are considering applying to the College, you can prepare for your application by researching the academic programmes offered by each of the Schools, and accessing the Tuition Fees and Funding Support information available. The College provides a number of bursaries towards fees and the costs of living in London. They are available to home and EU students on a competitive basis. For further details, please see Financial Help.

"I have always dreamt about creating a big impact on the world around me, but had got to a point where I felt that my ambitions were larger than those of the companies I was working for. My time here has really shaped the way I approach projects. Now it isn’t just about creating a good product or service, but also considering everything it would take to establish a project in the real world, from securing financing and having a solid business plan to setting up an effective team." Bilal Raja, MA Global Innovation Design, 2014–
Student Story, Bilal Raja
Student Story, Bilal Raja