Taught course

Global Innovation Design MA/MSc

Royal College of Art · School of Design

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Entry requirements

Global Innovation Design applicants normally need to have at least a UK honours degree at 2:1 level (or the equivalent) in any subject relevant to innovation. It is normally desirable for applicants to have some relevant work experience.

Applications for the 2022 intake are open. Visit the RCA website for entry requirements and ket application dates.

Our Graduate Diploma Art & Design (pre-master's conversion) course can provide a means to progress to this programme on completion.

Months of entry


Course content

Global Innovation Design (GID) is a multidisciplinary and transnational design programme, awarding both an MA from the Royal College of Art and an MSc from Imperial College London. It is jointly run by the two institutions, and students are fully enrolled at both.

On this six-term (two-year) Master’s programme, each student spends terms three and four overseas, studying at two of our partner institutions: either a term each at Keio University Tokyo then the Pratt Institute New York, or Tsinghua University Beijing then Nanyang Technical University Singapore. Each institution offers its unique expertise and complementary approach to design, engineering and technology, business and culture, within the context of internationally oriented innovation. All students return to London for their final two terms.

GID offers an unparalleled transformative postgraduate experience that cultivates activated designers – future creative leaders who will tackle complex problems and deliver positive social, environmental, economic and cultural change.

The programme offers:

  • a double Master’s: MA and MSc
  • a diverse and international mix of students
  • potential enterprise and commercialisation support through the InnovationRCA incubator
  • leadership skills for design-related enterprises operating in international environments
  • high-level graduate destinations: alumni work in international corporations, global consultancies as well as new selfstarted enterprises


*The RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the seventh consecutive year (2015-2021) in the QS World University subject rankings.

*Imperial College London is ranked #7 in QS Global World Rankings.

Fees and funding

Visit the RCA website to find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities. Most RCA scholarships require you to submit your MA application in round 1.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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