Research course

Architecture MPhil/PhD

Royal College of Art · School of Architecture

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Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have obtained a good relevant undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification.

Applications for the 2021 intake are open. Visit the RCA website from this date for details.

Months of entry


Course content

Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for six consecutive years (2015-2020) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

The Architecture research programme offers a range of critically informed, spatial research strands, situated within the Royal College of Art, a world-leading art and design institution.

All research strands encourage interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with other Schools and external partners. Both MPhil and PhD programmes support traditional academic research, but also strongly emphasises practice-led and experimental research, preparing graduates for diverse career opportunities in academia, leading architectural and urban design practices, human rights organisations, NGOs, as well as social and environmental coalitions.

We welcome unique and innovative research proposals and offer the option of aligning with the thematic specialisms within the School of Architecture, including Architecture & Media, City Design, Social Movements, Display Cultures, Urbanism, Emergent Pedagogies, Interior Urbanism, Material Matters and Adaptive Re-use, Domesticity, Gendered Space, Cognition & the Sublime, Narrative Environments and Ornamentation.

The MPhil/PhD Architecture programme is pedagogically configured to help researchers impact at local, national and international levels, working at the intersection of conceptual and applied research. We also support and supervise partnerships between researchers and business – from consultants for leading brands, cultural organisations, design practices, manufacturers, public sector agencies, charities and community groups – with a view to helping to develop and implement design-driven sustainable strategies that result in tangible, real-world outcomes.

Information for international students

Candidates who do not speak English as their first language will be required to provide evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 6.5 in writing, or equivalent for MPhil level and an IELTS score of at least 7.0 with 7.0 in writing, or equivalent for PhD.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    36+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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