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Full time & Part time September Research Only, MPhil 2-3 years full time, 4-6 years part time
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The Design MPhil programme at the School of Design offers an exciting opportunity for research students to explore innovative design concepts and systems. With a wide range of research areas such as Design Products, Fashion, Healthcare Design, and Robotics, you'll have the chance to delve into various approaches to design research. The programme welcomes applicants of all ages and backgrounds, focusing on the quality of your proposal and readiness to undertake a research degree. With experienced supervisors and a supportive postgraduate community, you'll receive the necessary training and guidance to excel in your research. Join us and push the boundaries of design understanding!

About the course

As a research student in the School of Design, you may be designing an innovative object or system.

The School of Design is home to internationally significant research, much of which is practice-based. The teaching and research areas of the School – Design Products, Fashion, Global Innovation Design, Innovation Designing Engineering, Healthcare Design, Robotics, Service Design and Textiles – represent a wide range of approaches to design research.

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Entry Requirements

The programme welcomes applications from candidates from across the world and of all ages, including those with academic and professional backgrounds.

Applications are considered in terms of quality of proposal, quality of practice (where appropriate), readiness to undertake a research degree at this level and supervisory capacity.

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Student Profile

Tibor Balint

Nationality: Hungary

I was always interested in design and art, and was searching for a programme that would allow me to broaden my knowledge in these fields, but without leaving my technical side behind.

When I came to the RCA, I believed that it would be a straightforward research project. I thought I could build on my past academic and work experience to simply complete the degree. My initial research question was about improving innovation at NASA, which related to my everyday work at the time in a technology driven environment. Immersing myself in this research allowed me to step away from my everyday technical work at NASA, and focus on the way designers might look at a problem. In hindsight, it was a necessary step to go beyond my own understanding of the problem and push the boundaries.

My research explored the role of second-order cybernetics to create new perspectives, broaden paradigms and foster design conversations through boundary objects that may advance technological innovations in society. Through a number of case studies, I demonstrated how designerly and artistic modes of operation may enhance NASA’s capability to innovate beyond its predominantly engineering environment.

Interacting with other like-minded researchers, faculty and the technical staff helped me to experiment with various ideas, and build a number of artefacts. These boundary objects evolved the circular conversation on my research between my environment and myself.

After graduation, I returned to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Principal Human Centered Designer, bringing the perspective of a designer to a technical environment. My current work ranges from User Interface and User Experience (UX/UI) design projects to the formulation of novel space missions. I spent the past year and a half leading a group of scientists and engineers developing a Discovery class proposal with a $500M cost cap, focusing on planetary exploration. Design approaches played significant roles in the proposal development process, for which I leveraged ideas from my RCA research.


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Up to 16 full fee scholarships to support students from underrepresented communities


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