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Enni Kukka Tuomala, Global Innovation Design


An international design experience

Key details

  • 360 credits
  • 2 year programme
  • Full-time study

School or Centre

Creative catalysts designing innovation-led solutions for social change.

Still accepting applications for 2022 entry. See the Key Dates webpage for round 4 details.

Programme specifications are revised on an annual basis. Details for 2022 entry are being updated.

The MA/ MSc Global Innovation Design (GID) programme is double Master’s Programme that is run jointly with Imperial College London. The programme offers an international style of learning and a unique and cultural context. Our vision is to provide you with an experience that is unparalleled in the world, nurturing you to be a design leader and creative catalyst who delivers positive social, environmental, economic and cultural change.

We revolve around leading international centres of innovation which collectively offer students a unique educational mix characterised by multidisciplinary intakes, shared values, complementary approaches and distinct expertise. We foster innovation that provides practical solutions to real-world issues, and our project themes in each location reflect local design culture, commercial interests and social challenges.

Explore further

Visit 2022.rca.ac.uk to view graduate work by our students, 2021.rca.ac.uk to view work from the class of 2021.

Catch the replays from our November 2021 online Open Day.



The School of Design is based across our Battersea and Kensington sites.

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Students have access to the College’s workshops, with traditional facilities for woodworking, metalworking, plastics and resins, including bookable bench spaces. Computer-driven subtractive milling equipment is available, as well as additive rapid prototyping.

  • Global Innovation Design Facilities

    Global Innovation Design studio

  • Darwin technical facilities

    Darwin workshop

  • Mechatronics Lab

    Mechatronics Lab

More details on what you'll study.

Find out what you'll cover in this programme.

What you'll cover

Programme specifications are revised on an annual basis. Details for 2022 entry are being updated.

The MA/ MSc Global Innovation Design programme consists of six terms of study across two years. Students spend four terms in London and two terms abroad studying at partner institutions.

Year One

Year one will include a foundation in design theory and methodology, physical computing, innovation, communication and creation of vision, which usually takes place in London. An additional term will be spent in one-term residency with either Keio University in Tokyo or Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Year Two

Year two will include a one-term residency with either Pratt Institute in New York or Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  This is complemented by a further refinement of work, and the completion of the Independent Research Project (IRP). This final piece of work represents the culmination of study and will take place in London.


What you need to know before you apply

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process considers creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.

To apply to Global Innovation Design you’ll normally need to have at least a UK honours degree at 2:1 level (or the equivalent) in any subject relevant to innovation, and it’s desirable to have some relevant work experience. In exceptional circumstances we will consider applicants without this degree qualification (for example, excellent professional experience or outstanding creative or technical abilities).

What's needed from you

Your portfolio is a showcase of your work as an artist or designer and can be made up of images, videos or writing examples. Your portfolio helps us to better understand your application and allows you to show evidence of your ability and motivation to undertake a given programme.

Generally, we’re looking for you to demonstrate your:

  • Creativity, imagination and innovation
  • Ability to articulate the intentions of the work
  • Intellectual engagement in areas relevant to the work
  • Technical skills appropriate to the work
  • Potential to benefit from the programme

We are looking for people genuinely motivated to bring positive change to the world through design-led innovation. We want you to compile a single document (PDF, maximum 20 pages) showing us a diverse range of projects, from previous studies, professional work, or self initiated . Demonstrate clear written and visual articulation, and an engagement with issues that matter to you. If you’re a designer, select a few of your most creative, original and ingenious pieces of work, including something of your process and decisions, the skills and tools used, as well as its purpose and final outcome.

If you're not a designer, don’t worry - show us how you’ve achieved excellence in your own field, communicate it visually, and make it personal, evidencing your unique creativity, in whatever form this may take.

In both cases we are interested in how you think, your desire to learn new skills, and your ability to build and grow your ideas.

If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

You are exempt from this requirement if you have received a 2.1 degree or above from a university in a majority English-speaking nation within the last two years.

If you need a Student Visa to study at the RCA, you will also need to meet the Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.

Find out more about English-language requirements

Fees & funding

For this programme

Fees for new students

Fees for September 2022 entry on this programme are outlined below. From 2021 onward, EU students are classified as Overseas for tuition fee purposes.

£15,000 (first year), £17,500 (second year)**
£32,500* (total)
Overseas and EU
£35,000 (first year), £37,800 (second year)**
£72,800* (total)

Please note

*Total cost is based on the assumption that the programme is completed in the timeframe stated in the programme details. Additional study time may incur additional charges. Imperial fees, marked ** above, are subject to an inflationary uplift, calculated from the RPI for April 2023 and may vary slightly from the value published here; exact fees are to be confirmed in June 2023.


New entrants to the College will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. This will be offset against the tuition fees.



Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic Programme and scholarships panel.

More information

External funding

There are many funding sources, with some students securing scholarships and others saving money from working. It is impossible to list all the potential funding sources; however, the following information could be useful.


Tuition fees are due on the first day of the academic year and students are sent an invoice prior to beginning their studies. Payments can be made in advance, on registration or in two instalments.

MA/MSc fees

Students on this programme pay the tuition fees direct to the RCA. In addition to the standard RCA postgraduate masters fee this programme is subject to a supplementary fee (£2,000 per annum) because of the higher costs involved in delivering a programme in three countries.

In addition to the tuition fee, students will need to cover other non-academic costs such as flights, visas, accommodation, insurance and general living expenses.

Start your application

RCA students at work (photo: Richard Haughton)

Change your life and be here in 2022

The Royal College of Art welcomes applicants from all over the world.

Before you begin

Make sure you've read and understood the entrance requirements and key dates
More information about eligibility and key dates
Check you have all the information you need to apply.
Read our application process guide
Visit our applications portal to get started

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