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MRes: Healthcare & Design

The new MRes (Masters of Research) in Healthcare & Design is an interdisciplinary programme that draws on the complementary knowledge and expertise of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

The programme is part-time over two years and will equip students from a wide range of academic and professional practice backgrounds with the tools and techniques to instigate and lead innovations in healthcare systems, services and environments. The course is particularly well tailored to those who aim to study alongside employment with a series of short intensive modules (currently four per year lasting one week each) and a supervised major personal research project.

Design research outputs from this course are expected to be implementable and practice based, ranging from product innovations through to software solutions, spatial and architectural to new experience and service solutions that will draw on expertise from across the school of design. Contexts for healthcare innovation are broad ranging from the physical and psychological to surgery, recuperation and recovery, therapy, transport, services and software.

The programme runs in parallel with the MSc in Healthcare Innovation at Imperial sharing aspects of course content in a way that is deliberately designed to bridge the gap between design driven innovation and the healthcare context.

The course also builds on the partnership between Imperial and the RCA exemplified by the HELIX Centre, St Mary’s Hospital. The first design studio in a clinical setting, HELIX brings designers and clinicians together for the first time to solve healthcare challenges. A key objective of the HELIX Centre is to catalyse more innovative approaches to healthcare service delivery with better design and planning, more efficient use of resources and greater focus on patient need. This unique body of expertise feeds back into this new MRes programme.

The programme offers:

  • The opportunity to develop an awareness of the role and value of design in solving healthcare challenges
  • A multi-professional perspective on problem solving and the importance of clinical/design team collaboration
  • An awareness of the UK health system and the systemic challenges it faces to remain sustainable
  • An environment in which to develop the skills to rapidly research, synthesise and prototype a solution to a healthcare challenge
  • The opportunity to work alongside a world-class faculty, who can provide knowledge-based learning and encourage critical awareness of current issues
  • A range of research techniques, tools and frameworks for use in the fields of design and innovation

Applications are now open. For further information or to arrange a conversation about the MRes degree, email healthcare-design@rca.ac.uk