Royal College of Art

Degree level: Postgraduate

Architecture MRes (Research)

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Course summary

The MRes RCA Architecture Pathway offers training in practice-led and practice-based research methods, complementing the shared arts and humanities research methods taught across the College as part of the MRes RCA. We encourage interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with other Schools within the RCA and external partners. We have a strong emphasis on practice-led and experimental research, preparing graduates for diverse careers in academia, architectural and urban design practices, human rights organisations, and social and environmental coalitions. We offer a range of specialisms that focus on the interface of research and practice, training in practice-led and practice-based research by working on ‘live’ case studies and projects within the field with respected external partners. You’ll become part of a vibrant research community at the RCA and within London. About the RCA The Royal College of Art, is an internationally renowned art and design university, providing students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world. A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges. In March 2020 the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the sixth consecutive year in the QS World University subject rankings.

Course details

Modules

Unit 1: Research methods and individual research proposal Unit 2: Research cultures Unit 3: Research in practice Unit 4: Group research project Unit 5: Research identities Unit 6: Personal research project

Assessment method

Thesis route You will submit a 12,000–15,000 word thesis that defines a research question, outlines the research methodology and theoretical context, presents and discusses the results and offers robust conclusions. Practice route: You will submit An original work of art, design or communication (including critical and curatorial works) A visual portfolio of practice with clear documentation in PDF form A 4,000–6,000 word thesis that defines the purpose of the work, outlines its theoretical and technical context, and articulates the contribution it has made to advancing knowledge.


Entry requirements

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process considers creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high standards overall. You should have a good first degree in a related subject. We welcome applications from students of all ages, and view both prior academic and professional experience as valuable. Portfolio Requirements: Your portfolio is a showcase of your work as an artist or designer and can be made up of images, videos or writing examples. Your portfolio helps us to better understand your application and allows you to show evidence of your ability and motivation to undertake a given programme.vGenerally, we’re looking for you to demonstrate your: Creativity, imagination and innovation Ability to articulate the intentions of the work Intellectual engagement in areas relevant to the work Technical skills appropriate to the work Potential to benefit from the programme Each programme is looking for different things in a portfolio. Each Head of Programme provides specific advice on portfolio requirements in the online application system. We advise you to consider these requirements carefully before submitting your application.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard. You are exempt from this requirement if you have received a 2.1 degree or above from a university in a majority English-speaking nation within the last two years. If you need a Tier 4 visa to study at the RCA, you will also need to meet the Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.

More information about English language requirements

https://www.rca.ac.uk/studying-at-the-rca/apply/entrance-requirements/english-language-requirements/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £12650 Whole course
Northern Ireland £12650 Whole course
Scotland £12650 Whole course
Wales £12650 Whole course
International £33500 Whole course

Additional fee information

Visit the programme page on the RCA website for details of fees for each year of this programme. The RCA receives a subsidy from the UK Government for UK, Irish, Channel Islands and Isle of Man and some EU student (with settled status), which enables us to charge a reduced fee. These students are referred to as having ‘Home’ fee status. If you hold any other citizenship, you are referred to as having ‘Overseas and EU’ fee status, which includes those EU nationals who do not have settled status in the UK.
Architecture MRes at Royal College of Art - UCAS