How to Apply for Doctoral Study

Entry Requirements 

To apply for a PhD or MPhil at the GSA, applicants should normally have obtained a minimum of an undergraduate degree with First or Upper Second Class Honours and (where required) an English Language IELTS score of 6.5 overall (or equivalent).

How to Apply

Applicants should read the How to Apply for a Postgraduate Research Degree Guidelines before completing the required application and proposal forms.

After you have read the detailed guidelines, you will need to submit the following documents to apply for a PhD or MPhil degree at the GSA:

  • 1 x Completed Application Form

  • 1 x Completed Research Proposal Form

  • 2 x Academic references (word count 500 max per reference)

  • Transcripts of Previous Degrees

  • English Language Qualification (if applicable)

  • Portfolio of recent work and/or a 1000 word writing sample – please see How to Apply Guidelines.

The application can be sent by email or by post to the following: 

The Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ

Please note incomplete applications cannot be accepted, and ZIP files cannot be submitted for consideration.

We accept applications for MPhil and PhD programmes at any time, throughout the year – there are no fixed deadlines.

A panel of academic staff from across The Glasgow School of Art meet every four to six weeks to review applications. We aim inform applicants on the success of their application within six weeks of applying. If you have not received a response within eight weeks, please contact us.

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Funding

The Glasgow School of Art is a founding member of the SGSAH Doctoral Training Partnership. GSA selects a small number of applicants each year for submission for possible SGSAH funding.

Follow this link for information on how to apply to SGSAH AHRC DTP for funding.

Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarships

The Glasgow School of Art is pleased to announce that we are now eligible to nominate prospective PhD students for the prestigious Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarships for Sept 2019 entry. 

Follow this link for information on how to apply.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans are available to those starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Doctoral course on or after 1 August 2018. This loan is to help with course and living costs while studying and has to be paid back.

Follow this link for information on how to apply.

Studio Provision

Studio space is not provided by default for Doctoral students. Applicants can make a case in their application for a project space at specific points in their research, which will be considered in negotiation with the relevant departments.

English Language Qualifications

International applicants must provide evidence of attainment equivalent to IELTS for UKVI (Academic) at 6.5 overall from a UKVI approved test centre. a full list of UKVI approved test centres can be found here. If the language of instruction at the applicants last university is English, international applicants will not need to provide this qualification. 

UKVI Requirements 

Full information about Tier 4 Student Visa requirements is available here

Further Information and Queries

For further information, please contact the PhD Coordinator in the School to which you wish to apply:

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 - Dr. Lynn-Sayers McHattie:
Mackintosh School of Architecture – Prof. Sally Stewart (Head of School):
Head of Doctoral Studies, Dr Susannah Thompson: