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Communication, M.Phil.

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The School welcomes applications for research degree study for MRes (Communication Design), MPhil and PhD from all areas of art, design and related disciplines that demonstrate the potential for advanced research and critical practice in the field of communication. Projects that explore topical issues through both practice and theory are particularly encouraged.


MPhil and PhD students follow their own bespoke research route within the School, supported by expertise from staff within the School and the wider College. Students on our new MRes (Communication Design) are guided through a well-planned curriculum and are supported through both local and College-wide expertise.

Many of the School’s research students develop collaborative research initiatives during the course of their studies, drawing on the expertise of partner organisations, including creative businesses, cultural and academic institutions. Our current research students’ topics interface with a wide range of subjects including biology, geography, English language and literature, psychology, architecture, social and computer sciences.

The School has an established track record of securing funding for individual research projects, and seven of our students are currently in receipt of AHRC Doctoral awards. We also support individual student applications to external funding schemes.

Programme Structure

  • The School of Communication provides a weekly seminar series ‘Methods of Intent’ where interdisciplinary and specialist methods and methodologies are introduced. In addition the series draws upon research expertise of those outside the RCA, but also from our own student and staff. At the end of each year, the School also holds an intensive two-day programme of research workshops bringing the research community together.
  • MPhil and PhD students share a multi-disciplinary, ‘hot-desking’ studio, which provides a quiet space for students to develop their ideas. Research students use the facilities at the College, while also accessing specialist facilities, archives and resources further afield related to their research. Students have full use of the School’s specialist workshops (digital print, animation, moving image, sound, letterpress) and labs (information experience design, animation, visual communication) to produce and present their practical work.

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Applications are welcomed from all areas of art, design and related disciplines that demonstrate the potential for advanced research and critical practice in the field of communications. Individual research topics should be located within the ethos and expertise of the School’s research clusters so that we can provide adequate supervision and resources.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28400 GBP/year
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  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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