MA(RCA)/MSc Global Innovation Design (GID)
Our joint Master’s degree is a truly unique course which involves teaching and expertise from six internationally-renowned academic institutions.
Duration: 21 months full-time
Start date: October 2021
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 180 credits
Global Innovation Design is a joint Master's degree between Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. You receive a double Master's – an MSc from Imperial and an MA from the RCA.
It is a unique, transnational initiative which brings together three major centres of design, culture, enterprise and industry: Europe, North America and Asia.
The programme is a world class design collaboration between six internationally-renowned academic institutions. Each partner brings distinct expertise and complementary approaches to design, engineering, technology and business, with an emphasis on internationally-oriented design and innovation.
GID offers a new international style of learning, and unique educational and cultural experiences designed to meet the changing needs of enterprise in the 21st century.
You are able to work in three Global locations with partner universities following one of two routes. Students on both routes will start their GID experience in London, then travel on to Asia, spending a term in Tokyo or Beijing.
After the summer break, you spend the following term in New York or Singapore. All students will spend the rest of their second year together at RCA and Imperial College London. Graduates from the programme are expected to be central to innovation leadership in the 21st century.
Structured Open Days are held each academic year, so that you can tour Imperial and the RCA, visit teaching programmes and meet staff and students in the studio. For more details please visit the RCA's Global Innovation Design website.
Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.
Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.
- Critical and Historical Studies Dissertation Programme – an opportunity for you to write a significant piece of written work on a reflective theoretical subject related to your studies
- London Core – two-term foundation in research-based design theory and methodology, mechatronics, form-giving, design research and anthropological methods, innovation, communication and creation of vision
- Partner Residency – one-term residency with either Keio University, Tokyo or Tsinghua University, Beijing during the final term
- Partner Residency – a one-term residency with either Pratt Institute, New York or Nanyang Technological University, Singapore during the first term of the second academic year
- Professional Development – during the final two terms, designers return to London to focus leadership, outreach and business development to cultivate their professional design practice. The course culminates in Final Examination and the Final Show.
Teaching and assessment
- Gateway Presentations
- Progress Reviews
- Work Review Tutorials
This course run across institutions with different structures, the traditional academic holiday periods in the spring term of the first year and the summer holiday between the first and second years do not apply, resulting in shortened vacation periods.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Applications are made via the Royal College of Art's online application system. You can read the full RCA entry requirements.
Minimum academic requirement
Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree.
You are required to have an aptitude for design or technology led-innovation.
Professional experience or outstanding creative or technical abilities may be accepted in place of a degree in exceptional circumstances.
Entrance exam part 1: Candidates must submit a portfolio of work. See the RCA's website for guidance on the portfolio.
Entrance exam part 2: Selected applicants are invited for an interview (by Skype if needed) with staff and a student representative and to participate in a creative exercise.
English language requirement (all applicants)
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
How to apply
Making an application
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.
Tuition fees and funding
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.
For 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.
A number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students. Find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
If you are an Iranian national and are accepted to study at Imperial starting this October, you may be eligible to apply for the Irani family scholarship.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
Studying at Imperial
Terms and conditions
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