Master of Research

Key Facts

Staff

Programme Overview

How to Apply

See below for how to apply. Further Information on applying to graduate programmes is available from registry@gsa.ac.uk

Award

Master of Research. 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.

Assessment

Assessment comprises a Summative Portfolio, which constitutes a standalone body of work, at Masters level. Students can to choose to submit for a Master of Research by Research Project, whereby the portfolio may include design/creative practice and a written text of 8,000 words OR Master of Research by Thesis, where the student may submit an extended written text of 20,000 words. The Master of Research programme provides the opportunity for eligible students to surrender the Master of Research and apply to articulate into year two of PhD study.

Programme Overview

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: registry@gsa.ac.uk or by post to Registry, The Glasgow School of Art, Reid Building, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RF.

Fees

Information on postgraduate fees and current funding opportunities can be found here.

Further Information

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. 

UKVI Requirements 

Full information about Tier 4 Student Visa requirements is available here

For further information, or an informal conversation, please contact Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie l.mchattie@gsa.ac.uk