Master of Research in Creative Practices

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

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M.Res in Creative Practices. 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.

Programme Leader

Ranjana Thapalyal

Stage 1 and Stage 2 taught sessions are delivered by a range of GSA and guest staff, providing a rich network of ideas, concepts and techniques. Contributors to the programmes include:

Anna Birch
Nicky Bird
Laura Bissell
Robin Burgess
Alison Hay
Colin Kirkpatrick
Talitha Kotzé
Madeleine Sclater
Amanda Thomson

Programme Overview

The Master of Research in Creative Practices at GSA aspires to produce highly individual researchers who are able to integrate the rigorous traditions of academic research with the autonomy of creative practices. In a multi disciplinary and culturally conscious environment, students are encouraged to examine the place of academic enquiry and the many forms of creative expression in the wider context of social, historical and theoretical discourse.

The M.Res serves as a stand-alone masters qualification or as preparation for Doctorate studies. Indeed many of our graduates have gone on to PhD studies or taken up professional research projects. Other alumni have found the M.Res to be an excellent route to enhancing understanding and performance within their chosen practices in the arts, culture and arts dissemination, education and many other fields. While sited at an art school and therefore open to graduates of art, design and architecture, the M.Res programme is adaptable in nature, so also able to welcome applicants from other academic disciplines; indeed the multi disciplinary nature of the average cohort is a key factor in the unique qualities of the M.Res in Creative Practices at GSA.

The programme enjoys links with the expertise of the Archives and Collections Centre sited currently at The Whisky Bond, and we are developing links with museums and other centres of professional research and cultural practice. We welcome students who seek an intellectually open environment that encourages flexible, critical and creative thinking.