Doctoral Study

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

We enrol MPhil and PhD students in September and January each year. Please see the downloads section on this page for details of how to apply.


MPhil – The MPhil is an award in its own right or, alternatively, it may be undertaken as preparation for a PhD. 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.

Research & Doctoral Studies Staff

Kevin Reynolds

Frances Kennedy

Programme Overview

We have 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, starting in September and January each year, and welcome applications for either mode. Enquiries about topics will be considered on their merits and on our capacity to provide appropriate expert supervision.

We are currently recruiting September 2017 entry. The next deadline is Friday 10 March 2017 at 5pm, with interviews taking place in April 2017.


How to Apply

For information on how to apply, including the application form and submission guidelines, click here.

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.


The AHRC Award from the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities competition HAS NOW CLOSED—ONLY FOR APPLICATIONS DUE IN SEPTEMBER
The Glasgow School of Art is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and The Glasgow School of Art - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects.

Full information on the Scottish AHRC DTP and the application process is available here:

Please ensure you read the eligibility criteria before applying.

To apply to be nominated for an AHRC Block Grant Partnership with GSA and the SGSAH you need to complete a normal GSA application and state clearly in question 12 of the proposal that you wish to be considered for nomination. The GSA will select a number of nominees and, if selected, you will be asked to make an application to the SGSAH once their competition opens in February 2017 (TBC). Candidates applying for an AHRC award will normally start in September 2017.