Royal College of Art: Architecture MRes
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In February 2019 the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the fifth consecutive year in the QS World University subject rankings.
The 12-month Architecture MRes programme offers a range of critically informed, spatial research strands, situated within the Royal College of Art, a world-leading art and design institution. The MRes Pathway in the School of Architecture offers training in practice-led and practice-based research methods for critical studies of spatial design, complementing the shared arts and humanities research methods taught across the College as part of the MRes RCA. Situated within the Royal College of Art, a world-leading art and design institution, the programme features a interdisciplinary research projects and high levels of collaboration with other MRes programmes in Communication, Design and Fine Arts & Humanities, and external partners. The pathway has a strong emphasis on practice-led and experimental research, preparing graduates for diverse careers in academia, architectural and urban design practices, human rights organisations, NGOs and social and environmental coalitions.
We welcome unique and innovative research proposals and offer the option of aligning with the three thematic specialisms within the School of Architecture; Social Movements, Intergenerational Cities, and Learning Environments.
Some HEFCE funded bursaries administered by the College are available for UK and EU MPhil students. Overseas students must secure sponsorship or funding prior to enrolment but may be eligible for some scholarships and prizes whilst on the course. PhD students may apply for an AHRB grant or secure funding from sponsorship.
|Level||RQF Level 7|
Candidates for all taught postgraduate courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the course and to achieve required standards overall. The assessment will consider: creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; and overall interview performance, including oral use of English. Candidates 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. Online applications should be submitted with a CV and a brief (500-word) statement that outlines your motivation for applying and your engagement with the subject. Candidates who do not speak English as their first language are required to produce evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved an IELTS exam score of 6.5 with 6 in writing.
Part 1: Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits / 600 hours) MRes RCA students will share College-wide units on Research Methods, and Research Cultures, which will serve as the foundation to the programme, equipping students with the necessary intellectual framework and practical tools to progress through the award. They will also take a pathway-specific Research in Practice unit that will focus on the process of research from a disciplinary perspective. It will use a case study approach that connects students with practising researchers and research teams, and encourages them to reflect on how research projects are developed, managed, evaluated and communicated. Part 2: Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits / 600 hours) Students undertake pathway-specific units in Advanced Research Methods, a Group Research Project and a College-wide module on Research Identities. Each pathway-specific unit enables students to extend the knowledge and understanding developed through the College-wide ‘Research Methods’ unit, enabling students to develop and demonstrate mastery of discipline-specific research methods. The pathway-specific Group Research Project will provide students with an opportunity to apply the intellectual and technical skills developed through prior units to a collaborative ‘live’ research project. This could take the form of a collaborative self-initiated project, participation in an existing research group, or a placement with one of the College’s network of research partners (such as a national museum). The College-wide Research Identities unit will focus on professional development. It will enable students to define their professional identity as a researcher, and to develop the tools to establish and sustain their profile beyond graduation. This will encompass: confidence; leadership; negotiation; networking; communication and collaboration. Part 3: MRes (60 credits / 600 hours) The MRes RCA concludes with a Personal Research Project, in which students apply the knowledge, skills and practices developed throughout the programme. The submission could take the form of an extended thesis or an original work of art, design or communication, along with a shorter thesis that defines the purpose, context and impact of the work. Students will also complete a supporting statement that reflects on the process of developing, managing and communicating the outcomes of the research project, and provides an action plan that specifies on-going professional development goals.
|Location||London – Kensington|
Kensington and Chelsea
|EU||12350 GBP for Whole course|
|England||12350 GBP for Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||12350 GBP for Whole course|
|Scotland||12350 GBP for Whole course|
|Wales||12350 GBP for Whole course|
|International||32800 GBP for Whole course|
Royal College of Art
Applications for the RCA’s September 2020 will be open from 30 September, 2019. Visit www.rca.ac.uk on this date for up-to-date programme and application information.
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