Taught course

Innovation Design Engineering

Royal College of Art · School of Design

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Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a degree at 2:1 level or higher (or the equivalent).

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.

Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) is a unique double Master’s programme that has been run jointly with Imperial College London for over 35 years. It is a leading-edge, interdisciplinary course that focuses on the exploration and development of impactful innovation through critical observation, disruptive design thinking, experimentation, exploration of emergent technologies, advanced engineering and enterprise activities.

Innovation at IDE involves the creation of new human interactions, system-based experiences and devices that foster behavioural change and generate value for society. IDE projects have the breadth of vision and the ambition of generating a real impact on diverse aspects including culture, politics, economics, engineering, design and ultimately on people. Diversity is a core factor in the IDE culture that embraces students and staff from over 25 countries and with very diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

The programme nurtures students to shape their unique identity as leading innovators with pioneering attitude who push the boundaries of diverse fields to challenge important real-world matters and envision future scenarios.

The programme offers:

  • full enrolment at the RCA and Imperial College London with access to both institutions’ facilities
  • multidisciplinary teaching input by leading practitioners and researchers — commercial connections (projects have included Coca Cola, Airbus, BBC, Unilever, Future Agenda, Guzzini, LG)
  • very good links and involvement in enterprise teaching and potential support through InnovationRCA incubator
  • international exchanges and student modules organised annually in different countries (recent visits include South Africa, Israel, India, Japan and Chile)

Alumni Webinar - 21 January 2021 - online

Join us for this an exciting webinar with Vidhi Mehta - IDE graduate and Senior User Experience Designer at LinkedIn. Vidhi will discuss her time at the RCA and her experience as an international student, as well as her experience exhibiting at the annual Work-in-Progress (WIP) show (online in 2021 from 29 January). Register now

Information for international students

Candidates who do not speak English as their first language are required to produce evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved at least an IELTS exam score of 6.5 with 6 in ALL elements (or equivalent from another approved test by another provider such as Pearson Academic PTE).

Fees and funding

Learn more at the funding page.

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

RCA Student Recruitment