How to Apply for Doctoral Study

To apply to Doctoral Study at the GSA, you will need to submit:

  • 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 in ppt. or jpg. format, or a 3,000 word writing sample if your proposal is for a thesis-only submission - guidelines here.

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.

The next deadline for Doctoral Study applications is 27 September 2017

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 6.0 overall (with no less than 5.5 in each component) 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

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 to information on how to apply to SGSAH AHRC DTP for funding.

Applications have now closed for September 2017 entry, but please monitor this page for future information on PhD funding from SGSAH.

Further Information and Queries

For further information, please contact Head of Doctoral Studies, Dr Susannah Thompson: