Royal College of Art: Architecture MRes

InstitutionRoyal College of Art View institution profile
Department Architecture
Telephone 020 7590 4444
Study type Research


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.

Sponsorship info

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.

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Applications for the RCA’s September 2020 will be open from 30 September, 2019. Visit on this date for up-to-date programme and application information.

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