How to Apply for Doctoral Study
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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:

registry@gsa.ac.uk 

Registry
The Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street
Glasgow
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.

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

Further Information and Queries

For further information, please contact Head of Doctoral Studies, Dr Susannah Thompson: S.Thompson@gsa.ac.uk

GSA PhD Co-ordinators

School of Fine Art - Dr. Nicky Bird: n.bird@gsa.ac.uk
School of Design - Dr. Thea Stevens: t.stevens@gsa.ac.uk
School of Simulation and Visualisation: Dr. Steve Love: S.Love@gsa.ac.uk
The Innovation School - Dr. Lynn-Sayers McHattie: L.McHattie@gsa.ac.uk