Research course

Communication MPhil/PhD

Institution
Royal College of Art · School of Communication
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

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Entry requirements

Now accepting applications for the September 2022 intake. The programme welcomes applications from candidates from across the world and of all ages, including those with academic and professional backgrounds. Applications are considered in terms of quality of proposal, quality of practice (where appropriate), readiness to undertake a research degree at this level and supervisory capacity.

Visit the RCA website for entry requirements and the application process.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for seven consecutive years (2015-2021) in the QS World University Subject Rankings. Our research degrees span the full range of communication, design and media environments. Research is a rich, central and essential part of the School of Communication. Our MPhil and PhD degrees are grounded firmly in research theory and methods, while maintaining and encouraging a high degree of creativity and experimentation. We welcome research projects that activate new kinds of knowledge formation; critically exploring, probing and creating ways to open dialogues on what it means to be human in rapidly shifting and arguably dehumanising environments. We look for critical engagement, originality and proven skills in both practice and writing, and encourage questioning and experimental research approaches.

The RCA also offers a Communcation Design MRes, a one year, full-time taught degree that provides effective preparation for PhD study.
Online Open Day

To find out more about this programme, watch the replay of our Research Open Evening from 13 October, 2021 (from 54:00).

Department specialisms

Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Sound Design, Audio Engineering, Experimental Communication, Digital Storytelling, Moving Image, Digital Media, Film Production

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
RCA Student Recruitment
Email
recruitment@rca.ac.uk