- 180 credits
- 2 year programme
- Part-time study
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- 24 Mar 2023
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- Still accepting applications
Gain the tools to lead design innovations in a broad range of healthcare environments
This unique interdisciplinary programme draws on the complementary expertise from the RCA's School of Design and Helen Hamlyn Design Centre, and the healthcare expertise from Imperial College London’s medical faculty and the Helix Centre based at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington London.
You'll develop an awareness of the role and value of design in solving healthcare challenges, as well as a multi-professional perspective on problem-solving and the importance of clinical/design collaboration. The programme uses a range of research techniques, tools and frameworks in the fields of design and innovation, and offers an environment in which to develop design-led skills to rapidly research, synthesise and prototype a solution to a healthcare challenge.
Still accepting applications for 2023 entry. See the Eligibility and key dates webpage for round 3 details.
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Professor Ashley Hall
Postgraduate Research Lead
Ashley is Professor of Design Innovation, Postgraduate Research Lead in the school of design at the Royal College of Art and Head of Programme for the MRes Healthcare Design delivered with Imperial College.View full profile
The School of Design is based across our Battersea and Kensington sites.View all facilities
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.
Our alumni form an international network of creative individuals who have shaped and continue to shape the world. Click on each name to find out more.
Meet Stiliyana Minkovska – the MRes Healthcare & Design alumna reimagining how we view childbirthFrom MA Architecture to MRes Healthcare & Design via a residency at the Design Museum, Stiliyana Minkovska’s multidisciplinary approach to her practice is challenging the status quo in one of the most universal aspects of healthcare – childbirth. We spoke to the designer about her path to MRes study, her reimagining of the birthing environment through Ultima Thule and working with the NHS and AstraZeneca.
More details on what you'll study.
Find out what you'll cover in this programme.
What you'll cover
In the first year, you embark on four taught modules: Design Led Innovation in Healthcare, Principals of Design and Innovation, Research Toolkit and a Helix "Design Dash".
Teaching takes place in each module during one-week intensive sessions and includes interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, case-based discussion, technology demonstrations and practical team-based workshop projects. You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of formative and summative individual and group-based activities.
- Design Led Innovation in Healthcare
- Principals of Design and Innovation
- Health Research Toolkit
- Helix Design Dash
In the second year, you take four further modules, including innovation, design for behaviour change and leadership.
6. Designing for behaviour change
7. Health Business Toolkit
Each module concludes with an assessable presentation and a piece of coursework.
Design research project
You will conduct a major personal design research project throughout the two years of study. The personal research project supervision is led by the RCA with support from expertise at Imperial College. You can undertake the research project in your workplace (with support from employers) or select a self-directed project theme under guidance from our staff. The major research project is assessed via a viva with design projects and a thesis.
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 will consider 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.
What's needed from you
Your portfolio is a showcase of your work as a designer, healthcare professional or from a diverse disciplinary background 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
If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and at least 5.5 in other skills. Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard.
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.
If you require a Student Visa (part-time route) for the MRes Healthcare & Design programme, you will have work restrictions and will not be allowed to work in the UK during your studies. If you are currently employed on a Tier 2 visa you can apply for the part-time MRes Healthcare & Design programme as long as you can continue to work for the same employer who is sponsoring you, otherwise you would need to switch to a Student Visa (part-time route) and would no longer be allowed to work in the UK.
For more information please see Student Visa or contact our Student support team.
Fees & funding
For this programme
Fees for new students
Fees for September 2023 entry on this programme are outlined below. From 2021 onward, EU students are classified as Overseas for tuition fee purposes.
Overseas and EU
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 for the first year of study.
Overseas and EU
For alumni and students who have completed an RCA Graduate Diploma and progress onto an RCA Master's programme – MA, MA/MSc, MFA, MDes, MArch, MEd or MRes – within 10 years, a progression discount of £1,000 is available.
* 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.
Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic Programme and scholarships panel.
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.
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Change your life and be here in 2023. Applications now open.
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 datesMore information about eligibility and key dates
Check you have all the information you need to apply.Read our application process guide
Consider attending an Open Day, or one of our portfolio or application advice sessionsSee upcoming sessions
Please note, all applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the given deadline.
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