The Master of Research is a pioneering postgraduate research degree offered across all Schools at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA). It offers students a unique opportunity to design and undertake a research project, which is either practice-based or theoretical.
The programme is offered at GSA’s Campus in Glasgow, The GSA Creative Campus Highlands & Islands or across both Campuses. The Master of Research prepares students for doctoral study and offers the potential for eligible students to apply to convert to a PhD at Year 2 (FT). It is available full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years). Please refer to the Student Profiles page for an overview of research projects.
This is not a taught programme it combines tailored research training, delivered in seasonal schools: winter; spring and autumn at our Creative Campus, Highlands & Islands, alongside a substantial component of independent research under the direction of a supervisory team. Please contact Dr. Lynn-Sayers McHattie for an informal conversation regarding your research interests. We also offer one to one surgeries on developing and refining your research proposal.
The Master of Research is suited to students who wish a dedicated space to continue a research project or to creative practitioners who wish to develop their research practice in a specific context. Student’s creative practice is the focus of the iterative research approach and is a major aspect of its experiential nature. This involves exploring creative practice through critical inquiry: making, reading, writing, thinking, discussion and reflection.
Candidates will embark on interdisciplinary research inquiries that address contextually located social and cultural challenges, which are driven and informed through engagement with communities. The development and expression of participatory practice is central to the research ethos. In summary, the programme is:
- In participation with people and their communities
- Contextually located with emergent research questions
- Iterative with a cumulative build-up of inquiry
- Impact driven
Outputs will reflect the importance of practice based research and knowledge exchange in practice. It is anticipated that students will take an active part in developing the GSA postgraduate culture through their shared research interests. The programme seeks to develop world-class researchers who wish to enhance their professional practice or pursue an academic career.
How to Apply
We enrol Master of Research students in September and January each year. Master of Research applications should be made on the Postgraduate Research Application Form and accompanied by:
- Completed Research Proposal Form
- Copies of entry qualification certificates (Transcript/mark sheet)
- Two Academic References (word count 500 maximum per reference)
- Electronic submission of Portfolio in support of the application (in ppt. or jpg. Format), if appropriate
Applications should be sent to Registry by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Registry, The Glasgow School of Art, Reid Building, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RF.
Information on postgraduate fees and current funding opportunities can be found here.
International students will need to provide an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test taken at a UKVI approved test centre with a suitable score. Our current requirement is IELTS 6.0 (no less than 6.0 in each component) and 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.
Full information about Tier 4 Student Visa requirements is available here.
For further information, or an informal conversation, please contact Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie email@example.com