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Master of Research Studentships: Design, Health and Care
The Glasgow School of Art and the Digital Health & Care Institute

The Innovation School at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) are offering Master of Research studentships in Design Innovation for those who wish to build research skills in health and care contexts.

The GSA is a founding partner in the Digital Health & Care Institute, which is a partnership between NHS Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The collaborative approach includes practitioners from academia, health, care and social partners on innovation opportunities that will create preferable futures for Scotland. The participatory approach creates sustainable growth through designing services and systems that address complex health and care challenges, for example, community wellness and unscheduled care. The Innovation School team have a wealth of interdisciplinary experience - please refer to Staff Profiles for an overview of their work and research interests.

Funded Places

The Glasgow School of Art and the Digital Health and Care Institute are currently offering studentships (fee waivers) in design, health and care to study on the Master of Research programme. This pioneering programme offers students the opportunity to be at the forefront of Design Innovation research and practice in the areas of health and care. It is suitable for those with training and experience in diverse disciplines, including design innovation, product design and interaction design. Individuals with clinical and public health backgrounds who wish to develop skills in design innovation are also encouraged to apply. 

This is not a taught programme it combines tailored research training, delivered in seasonal schools: winter; spring and autumn at our campus in the Highlands & Islands, alongside a substantial component of independent research under the direction of a supervisory team. Through training and supervision, students will be supported to develop and apply a Participatory Action Research methodology and appropriate suite of Participatory Design methods.  More information on the programme can be found here.

Application Deadline: 30 August 2019 – programme starting in January 2020

We welcome applications from candidates who wish to explore the following themes:

  • Future of Care
  • Citizen empowerment and long-term condition management
  • Wellness services
  • Living well in the community
  • Unscheduled care decision support

Selected Topics – programme starting in January 2020

We also invite applications from candidates whose research interests align with the following topics, currently being explored by researchers from The Glasgow School of Art:

More information on the background of these topics and project examples can be found here.

How to Apply

The Glasgow School of Art currently has funded places available at our campus in Glasgow and the Creative Campus, Highlands and Islands, as well as across both campuses. The funded places are open to Home/EU applicants. 

Details of how to apply can be found here. After you have applied, the GSA will assess your application and apply for a scholarship in your stead with your preliminary dissertation topic/plan.

You can find out more about some of our current Masters of Research students on the Innovation School blog.

For further information, contact Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie: