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Architecture Pathway, M.Res.

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  • 12 months
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The MRes RCA 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. 

About

Situated within the Royal College of Art, a world-leading art and design institution, the programme encourages interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with other Schools within the RCA 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, and social and environmental coalitions.

The MRes Architecture Pathway recognises a demand for a new type of graduate and a new type of research training, acknowledging that – in the last decade – architectural practice has become increasingly research-led with a proliferation of industry-based research departments. In the context of large-scale social and environmental concerns, professional innovation and spatial research acquires a profound importance, suggesting new models of collaboration between academic and non-academic institutions. This has led to a growing need for architectural knowledge outside traditional disciplinary domains.

The School of Architecture currently provides research specialism in the areas of architecture & media, city design, social movements, future of work, and cultural infrastructure, which are seen as essential to contemporary architectural and urban research. However, the programme welcomes strong applications for other fields of interest as well as traditional academic research.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Research Methods 
  • Research Cultures
  • Research in Practice 
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Group Research Project 
  • Research Identities
  • Personal Research Project 
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

UK and EU students receive a subsidy from the British Government and pay a reduced fee. To qualify for the home or EU rate of tuition fees you will need to meet certain strict conditions related to your nationality, visa status and residency. 

To find out more about how fee status is assessed, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

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