Applicants need to have a degree at 2:1 level or higher (or the equivalent).
Student on this programme come from backgrounds across the healthcare and design sectors but also a variety of other industries and roles (eg. science, engineering, technology, business, consultancy, media, communications, informatics, public sector).
Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MRes standards overall.
Visit the RCA website for application dates, details and full entry requirements.
Months of entry
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 MRes (Masters of Research) in Healthcare & Design is an interdisciplinary programme that draws on the complementary knowledge and expertise of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.
The programme aims to equip candidates from a wide range of academic and professional practice backgrounds with the tools and techniques to instigate and lead design innovations in a broad range of healthcare environments. Teaching takes place in the RCA and St Mary’s Hospital with a course that is particularly well tailored to those who aim to study alongside employment with eight intensive modules delivered in ‘burst mode’ (four per year in two 2-week blocks) and a supervised major personal design research project. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures and practical workshops in group and individual projects where designers, healthcare professionals and clinicians work together often in group based activities to enhance knowledge exchange.
Contexts for healthcare innovation are broad ranging from the physical and psychological to surgery, recuperation and recovery, therapy, transport, services and software. We expect outputs from this course to be implementable in the healthcare industry ranging from product and technology innovations through to software solutions, spatial and architectural to new experience and service designs.
The course builds on the longstanding partnerships between the RCA and Imperial College in developing joint courses since the 1980s. The Helen Hamlyn Centre for design has delivered over 150 healthcare and user centred projects while the Helix Centre at St Mary’s Hospital is the first design studio in a clinical setting and brings designers and clinicians together for the first time to solve healthcare challenges using lean innovation strategy. A key objective of the Helix Centre is to catalyse more innovative approaches to healthcare service delivery with better design and planning, more efficient use of resources and greater focus on patient need. The programme runs in parallel with the MSc in Healthcare Innovation at Imperial sharing aspects of course content in a way that is deliberately designed to bridge the gap between design-driven innovation and the healthcare context. This unique body of expertise feeds back into the MRes programme though teaching, supervision and mentoring.
The programme offers:
- The opportunity to develop an awareness of the role and value of design in solving healthcare challenges
- A multi-professional perspective on problem-solving and the importance of clinical/design team collaboration
- An awareness of the UK health system and the systemic challenges it faces to remain sustainable
- An environment in which to develop the design led innovation skills to rapidly research, synthesise and prototype a solution to a healthcare challenge
- The opportunity to work alongside a world-class faculty, who can provide knowledge-based learning and encourage critical awareness of current issues
- A range of research techniques, tools and frameworks for use in the fields of design and innovation
*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
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Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time24 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
- Distance learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- RCA Student Recruitment