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MRes Programme Description

Healthcare & Design

The Masters of Research (MRes) Healthcare and Design is offered part-time over two years with eight individual weeks of intensive teaching (four blocks of two weeks). The programme runs alongside the MSc Healthcare and Design programme awarded by Imperial College London and shares all of the teaching modules. The RCA MRes programme is aimed at a wide range of applicants including both design professionals, clinicians and healthcare professionals. The course is delivered in ‘burst mode’ and is suited to those employed while wishing to study for a part-time postgraduate degree.

The Healthcare Design programme encourages diverse outputs including products, systems, services, experiences, software, spaces and infrastructure designs. The programme is delivered at the RCA campus in South Kensington and at the Imperial College medical school facilities at St Mary’s Hospital and the Helix Centre in Paddington.

First Year

In the first year, students embark on four taught modules: introduction to the principles of design and innovation or introduction to health and healthcare (depending on applicant background), design-led innovation in healthcare, approaches to health research and business skills for healthcare design.

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. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of formative and summative individual and group-based activities.

First Year Modules

·       1a: Introduction to principles of design and innovation


·       1b: Introduction to health and healthcare

·       2: Introduction to design led innovation in healthcare

·       3: A health research toolkit

·       4: A health business toolkit

Second Year

In the second year, students take four further modules including Innovation, a Helix design dash group project tackling a major healthcare design issue, design for behaviour change and leadership.

Second Year Modules

·       5: Innovation

·       6: Design dash

·       7: Designing for behaviour change

·       8: Leadership

Each module concludes with an assessable presentation and a piece of coursework.

Design Research Project

A major personal design research project is conducted throughout the two years of study. The personal research project supervision is led by the RCA with support from expertise at Imperial College. Students can undertake the research project in their workplace (with support from employers) or select a self-directed project theme under guidance from course staff. The major research project is assessed via a viva with design projects and a thesis (max 12,000 words).

This programme description is taken from the 2018/19 Programme Specifications. While we try to ensure that all Programme information is correct, some things may be subject to change and/or outside of our control. 

RCA Ranked World’s Top Art & Design University for Fifth Year

In February, the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the fifth consecutive year.  

The RCA leads the table of 200 of the world’s top universities for the study of art and design in the 2019 QS World University Subject Rankings, ahead of much larger institutions around the globe.

Fore further information or to arrange a conversation about the MRes degree, email [email protected]