Awards: PhD, MPhil
Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
Programme website: Art
In the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) School of Art we provide a highly dynamic and supportive research environment for our large and diverse graduate community. Our research students benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary research environment, which attracts postgraduate students and researchers across the fields of art, design, music, architecture, landscape architecture and history of art.
Research in this environment is further informed by collaborative exchanges with other areas in the University’s College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, as well as the wider University (such as the School of Informatics in the College of Science & Engineering).
Our current areas of expertise include: art, critical and experimental writing, art education, artist-run initiatives and DIY culture, art and anthropology, contemporary art theory and practice, cultural landscapes, drawing, expanded painting, independent and self-publishing, intermedia art, moving image, printmaking, painting, photography, psychophysical sound creation, public art, sculpture, sound, video art, and visual and material cultures.
All of our research students benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary approach and all are assigned two research supervisors. Your second supervisor may be from another discipline within ECA, or from somewhere else within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences or elsewhere within the University, according to the expertise required. On occasion more than two supervisors will be assigned, particularly where the degree brings together multiple disciplines.
Students will benefit from studio-based learning in ECA's historic Lauriston Place campus, along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college.
The art college experience is complemented by the University's extensive range of student support facilities, its libraries, student societies, and student accommodation.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. We will also take any professional experience into account.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Find out more about our language requirements:
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Additional programme costs (APCs) are used by programmes in Edinburgh College of Art to cover associated costs such as: basic consumables; equipment purchase, hire and maintenance; computing hardware and software; field trip and excursion expenses; and programme specific events. More detail will be available in programme handbooks.
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.
You must submit two references with your application.
You should submit a research proposal that outlines your project's aims, context, process and product/outcome. Read the application guidance before you apply:
Your project can be fully theoretical, however, when appropriate, we encourage you to submit a proposal that challenges and expands traditional approaches to research in creative practice and design, through innovative theoretical and/or practice-led methodologies.
If you wish to undertake research that involves practice, please also provide a portfolio with examples of your previous practical work.
Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes: