Royal College of Art: Communication

InstitutionRoyal College of Art
Department School of Communication
Telephone 020 7590 4444
Study type Research


Our research degrees span the full range of contemporary design and media environments. Research is a rich, central and essential part of the School of Communication. Our MPhil and PhD degrees are grounded firmly in research theory and methods, while maintaining and encouraging a high degree of creativity and experimentation.

We welcome research projects that explore topical issues through both practice and theory are particularly encouraged. We look for critical engagement, originality and proven skills in both practice and writing, and encourage questioning and experimental research approaches.

The School is focused on broad themes which place communication at the centre of transformational systems and practices, collective commons and experiential modes. The ethos of the School is to foster social, cooperative, pluralistic and inclusive research approaches.

Programme details
PhD: 3-4 years (full time), 6-7 years (part time)
MPhil: 2-3 years (full time), 4-6 years (part time)

**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.

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Master of Philosophy - MPhil

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