Royal College of Art: Healthcare & Design
|Institution||Royal College of Art View institution profile|
|Department||School of Design|
|Telephone||020 7590 4444|
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 new MRes (Masters of Research) in Healthcare & Design is an interdisciplinary programme that draws on the complementary knowledge and expertise of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.
The programme aims to equip candidates from a wide range of academic and professional practice backgrounds with the tools and techniques to instigate and lead design innovations in a broad range of healthcare environments. Teaching takes place in the RCA and St Mary’s Hospital with a course that is particularly well tailored to those who aim to study alongside employment with eight intensive modules delivered in ‘burst mode’ (four per year in two 2-week blocks) and a supervised major personal design research project. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures and practical workshops in group and individual projects where designers, healthcare professionals and clinicians work together often in group based activities to enhance knowledge exchange.
Contexts for healthcare innovation are broad ranging from the physical and psychological to surgery, recuperation and recovery, therapy, transport, services and software. We expect outputs from this course to be implementable in the healthcare industry ranging from product and technology innovations through to software solutions, spatial and architectural to new experience and service designs.
The course builds on the longstanding partnerships between the RCA and Imperial College in developing joint courses since the 1980s. The Helen Hamlyn Centre for design has delivered over 150 healthcare and user centred projects while the Helix Centre at St Mary’s Hospital is the first design studio in a clinical setting and brings designers and clinicians together for the first time to solve healthcare challenges using lean innovation strategy. A key objective of the Helix Centre is to catalyse more innovative approaches to healthcare service delivery with better design and planning, more efficient use of resources and greater focus on patient need. The programme runs in parallel with the MSc in Healthcare Innovation at Imperial sharing aspects of course content in a way that is deliberately designed to bridge the gap between design-driven innovation and the healthcare context. This unique body of expertise feeds back into the MRes programme though teaching, supervision and mentoring.
The programme offers:
– The opportunity to develop an awareness of the role and value of design in solving healthcare challenges
– A multi-professional perspective on problem-solving and the importance of clinical/design team collaboration
– An awareness of the UK health system and the systemic challenges it faces to remain sustainable
– An environment in which to develop the design led innovation skills to rapidly research, synthesise and prototype a solution to a healthcare challenge
– The opportunity to work alongside a world-class faculty, who can provide knowledge-based learning and encourage critical awareness of current issues
– A range of research techniques, tools and frameworks for use in the fields of design and innovation
|Level||RQF Level 7|
Candidates for all 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 programme and to achieve high 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; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.
IMPORTANT: MRes Healthcare Design is run jointly with Imperial College London, and consequently applicants need to have a degree at 2:1 level or higher (or the equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this degree qualification will be considered (for example, applicants with excellent professional experience or outstanding creative or technical abilities) following completion of a ‘Special Qualifying Exam’ (SQE). Please check the Imperial College London website to ensure you meet their requirements.
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.
The Masters of Research (MRes) Healthcare and Design is offered part-time over two years with eight individual weeks of intensive teaching (four blocks of two weeks). The programme runs alongside the MSc Healthcare and Design programme awarded by Imperial College London and shares all of the teaching modules. The RCA MRes programme is aimed at a wide range of applicants including both design professionals, clinicians and healthcare professionals. The course is delivered in ‘burst mode’ and is suited to those employed while wishing to study for a part-time postgraduate degree.
The Healthcare Design programme encourages diverse outputs including products, systems, services, experiences, software, spaces and infrastructure designs. The programme is delivered at the RCA campus in South Kensington and at the Imperial College medical school facilities at St Mary’s Hospital and the Helix Centre in Paddington.
In the first year, students embark on four taught modules: introduction to the principles of design and innovation or introduction to health and healthcare (depending on applicant background), design-led innovation in healthcare, approaches to health research and business skills for healthcare design.
Teaching takes place in each module during one-week intensive sessions and includes interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, case-based discussion, technology demonstrations and practical team-based workshop projects. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of formative and summative individual and group-based activities.
First Year Modules
· 1a: Introduction to principles of design and innovation
· 1b: Introduction to health and healthcare
· 2: Introduction to design led innovation in healthcare
· 3: A health research toolkit
· 4: A health business toolkit
In the second year, students take four further modules including Innovation, a Helix design dash group project tackling a major healthcare design issue, design for behaviour change and leadership.
Second Year Modules
· 5: Innovation
· 6: Design dash
· 7: Designing for behaviour change
· 8: Leadership
Each module concludes with an assessable presentation and a piece of coursework.
Design Research Project
A major personal design research project is conducted throughout the two years of study. The personal research project supervision is led by the RCA with support from expertise at Imperial College. Students can undertake the research project in their workplace (with support from employers) or select a self-directed project theme under guidance from course staff. The major research project is assessed via a viva with design projects and a thesis (max 12,000 words).
|Location||London – Kensington|
Kensington and Chelsea
|EU||11900 GBP for Whole course|
|England||11900 GBP for Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||11900 GBP for Whole course|
|Scotland||11900 GBP for Whole course|
|Wales||11900 GBP for Whole course|
|Channel Islands||11900 GBP for Whole course|
Royal College of Art
Applications for the RCA’s September 2020 will be open from on 30 September, 2019. Visit www.rca.ac.uk on this date for up-to-date programme and application information.
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