Doctoral Study

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

Please see the How to Apply section for details using the menu to the top left, or the bright green ‘How to Apply’ button on your right.


The MPhil is an award in its own right or, alternatively, it may be undertaken as preparation for a PhD. The PhD is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding. A PhD should contain material which is worthy of publication or public presentation. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Students are able to choose, according to their individual programme of research, a mode of submission that best articulates their original contribution to knowledge. This may include a wide range of visual and textual elements, which may be in physical and/or digital formats.

Completion of the PhD programme normally takes a minimum of three years' full-time, or five years' part-time study.

Doctoral Studies Staff

Head of Doctoral Studies: Dr Susannah Thompson

Administrative Officer (Postgraduate Research Degrees): Kevin Reynolds

GSA PhD Co-ordinators

School of Fine Art - Dr. Nicky Bird:

School of Design - Dr. Thea Stevens:

School of Simulation and Visualisation: Prof. Steve Love:

The Innovation School - Prof. Lynn-Sayers McHattie:

Mackintosh School of Architecture – Dr. Thea Stevens:

Programme Overview

The Glasgow School of Art has a distinctive specialist, practice-based research culture which is widely recognised internationally. The generation of new knowledge and understanding through creative practice, scholarship and criticism in Fine Art, Design, Craft, Architecture and related fields is central to the concept of research. Our researchers include artists, designers, architects, historians and critics of world standing.

We offer opportunities for part-time and full-time programmes of research and welcome applications for either mode. Enquiries about topics will be considered on their merits and on our capacity to provide appropriate expert supervision.

Supervisors and Current PhDs

Please refer to our Primary Supervisors page for details of our supervisory expertise and to the Student Profile page to see the projects our doctoral students are involved in.

Studio Provision
For PhD study, studio space is not provided by default. Students can make a case in their application for a project space at specific points in their research, which will be considered in negotiation with local departments and Estates.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have obtained a minimum of an undergraduate degree with First or Upper Second Class Honours and (where required) an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (or equivalent).