Postgraduate study

Cultural Studies MScR

Awards: MScR

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Cultural Studies

This programme enables you to study cultural phenomena, practices and texts at an advanced level, critically engaging with theories and methodologies of transdisciplinary cultural research.

The programme supports a range of research topics in visual and urban cultural studies, with a particular interest in:

  • place and memory
  • spatial violence and urban disintegration
  • post-socialist cities of Eastern Europe
  • visual and semiotic landscapes
  • materiality and spatiality of writing
  • book space and architectures of reading
  • photography and visual knowledges
  • image-text-theory
  • experimental publishing
  • curatorial practices and multimodality in representation of research.

Your project will benefit from the diverse research expertise of staff from the Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (ESALA), from our collaborative exchanges with academic colleagues and research students across the University, and a broad range of contacts with local and international research networks, cultural and heritage institutions and archives.

You will be required to complete two courses selected in consultation with your supervisor and a 20,000-word dissertation based on your independent research. The coursework will provide methodological and theoretical grounding for your research project.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScRCultural Studies1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScRCultural Studies2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

In addition to regular meetings with your supervisor, you will participate in postgraduate seminars and conferences and have opportunities to experiment with publications and curatorial projects.

Normally UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScRCultural Studies1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScRCultural Studies2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your tuition fee status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Office
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Evolution House, Grassmarket
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 2LE
Programme start date Application deadline
14 September 2020 1 August 2020

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.

You must submit two references with your application.

Your online application should also include:

  • a detailed CV
  • a statement of interest related to this specific programme and its focus (this could be accompanied by an electronic portfolio that supports your claim on the fit into our programme and its specific academic profile)
  • a research proposal that outlines your project's aims, context, process and product/outcome. Read the application guidance before you apply:

  • a writing sample of 3,000-4,000 words on the topic showcasing your interest. (This may form part of your portfolio and could be, for example, an essay written for a course in your undergraduate studies, two shorter essays, or a chapter from your dissertation. You need to identify the text's original purpose, or clearly reference publication details.)

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Office
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Evolution House, Grassmarket
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 2LE