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MA and MRes Application Process

Round 2 applications are now closed. If you would like to complete your application  as soon as possible we will accept it. Please be aware that as the application deadline has passed, your application will be subject to availability of places following  Round 2 decisions. 

Applications for MA, MRes and Mphil/PhD programmes made after the Round 2 deadline (5 February) will only be reviewed if there are spaces left on programmes after all applications made within the deadline period have been reviewed. See below if you wish to access the application portal. If you wish to register for updates, please click here

You can apply for your Programme of interest via our online application portal.

Key dates

Round 1 and Round 2 applications are now closed

Interview period (Round 2 applications): Monday 9 – Friday 20 March 2020 

Notification of the outcome of your application: from Friday 27 March 2020

Deadline for accepting your offer: three weeks from the date of offer

Already applied – what happens next?

Reviewing your application

Your application will be reviewed by our academic staff. 


In a small number of instances, it may not be possible to make a decision based on an application alone. In these cases, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or by Skype. Receiving a request for interview does not make you any more or less likely to receive an offer of a place. Interviews will take place between Monday 9 – Friday 20 March 2020. Your invitation letter will contain full details of the interview and what you need to prepare. Please ensure you are available for interview before submitting your application.

Notifying you of your application outcome

Once your application has been reviewed, you’ll receive one of the following from 27 March 2020 if applying in round 2: 

  • an offer of a place
  • an offer of a place on our Graduate Diploma Art & Design pre-master's Programme, which we have designed especially to help transition students to full MA programmes (with March and July 2020 start dates)
  • a rejection letter

The timetable is the same if you have been invited to attend an interview. 

Accepting your offer

If you receive an offer of a place, you will be required to accept your offer before Monday 13 April 2020 for round 2. You will then need to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. This deposit will be offset against your tuition fees. 

If you have any questions about the admissions process, you can get in touch with us at [email protected]

Any queries about the application process should be addressed to:

+44 (0)20 7590 4444
[email protected]

Click here to access the RCA's application portal.


+44 (0)20 7590 4444
[email protected]