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We understand that pursuing a Master's degree while maintaining a career or other commitments can be challenging. That's why we offer a variety of part-time study options across a range of disciplines, allowing you to balance your academic pursuits with your personal and professional responsibilities.

Our part-time programmes are designed to provide you with the same high-quality education as our full-time equivalents, while giving you the flexibility to learn at a pace that suits you. Our world-renowned faculty of academics and practitioners will guide you through your studies, providing you with the tools and knowledge you need to excel in your chosen field.

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Why choose the RCA?

At the Royal College of Art, we believe that creativity can change the world. Our part-time programmes are the perfect opportunity to explore your creativity and develop your skills in a supportive and challenging environment. Whether you're looking to advance or change your career, start a new venture, or simply pursue your passion, our part-time programmes can help you achieve your ambitions.

Part-time programmes available for our September 2024 intake are:

Master’s degrees

Research degrees

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Manage your study/work/life balance

These programmes are designed to be flexible, allowing you to balance your academic pursuits with your other commitments. When you study with us, you'll join a vibrant and diverse community of students, academics and practitioners from around the world.

Funding your studies

We're committed to making our part-time Master's programmes accessible to students from all backgrounds. We offer a range of scholarships and financial aid options to help you fund your studies.

Student Visas for part-time international students

The RCA is authorised to issue a CAS to sponsor international students to study on a part-time Master’s degree programmes, however this part-time visa is not suitable for all part-time programmes.

The UK Government imposes a number of visa restrictions on part-time studies. Visit the Student Visas page for more information on visas for part-time programmes.

Applying for part-time study

Many of our part-time programmes are also available to study full-time. The application process is detailed on the Apply to Study webpage. To indicate you wish to undertake part-time study, ensure you select the Part-Time option in the Mode of Attendance section in Stage 1 of your application