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The Master of Research (MRes) RCA is a ground breaking research degree offering a critical investigation into the disciplines and future of art and design research.

We invite applications from prospective students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and professional experiences who want to join this investigation through an intensive one-year degree programme with taught elements leading to an independent research project.

Situated within the Royal College of Art, a world-leading art and design institution, the programme encourages interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with other Schools within the RCA and external partners. A uniquely interdisciplinary degree, the MRes is the first programme to be taught across all four schools of the RCA, offering training in practice-led and practice-based research methods for critical studies in Art and Design. Over a full-time year of study students work with, and learn from methods, practices and theories from Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Communication and Design.

This Master of Research is designed to provide early and mid-career Art and Design researchers with the intellectual, technical and professional tools with which to complete high-quality research projects, both at doctoral level and within the cultural and creative industries, working across traditional sociocultural, disciplinary and sectoral boundaries.

The Master of Research (MRes) RCA recognises a demand for a new type of graduate and a new type of research training, acknowledging that in the last decade research-led art and design practice has increased in importance, exploring new models of collaboration across disciplines and between academic and non-academic institutions.

We are currently accepting applications for entry in September 2022.

MRes RCA Pathways

For more information visit the individual pathway pages:

MRes RCA: Architecture Pathway

MRes RCA: Communication Design Pathway

MRes RCA: Design Pathway

MRes RCA: Fine Art & Humanities

You can also watch a recording from our recent Open Day talk here. Or to arrange a conversation about the MRes degree, please email the relevant pathway:

[email protected] | [email protected] | [email protected] | [email protected] 

MRes RCA Staff

Dr Esther Teichmann (Head of MRes RCA Programme)

Dr Emily Candela, Communication Design Pathway Leader

Dr Nicky Coutts, Fine Arts & Humanities Pathway Leader

Dr Laura Ferrarello, Design Pathway Leader

Dr Adam Kaasa,  Architecture Pathway Leader

MRes Healthcare & Design

The RCA also offers a two-year part-time programme aimed at instigating and leading design innovations in a broad range of healthcare environments. Find out more.