Kilian McCann, Master of Research, 2023.

Master of Research

Award
Master of Research
Location
Glasgow and Highlands and Islands
School
School of Innovation and Technology
Applications
Direct to School

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, GSA 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). This is not a taught programme - it combines tailored research training, delivered in seasonal schools: winter; spring and autumn at our Highlands & Islands campus, alongside a substantial component of independent research under the direction of a supervisory team. 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. Your 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. 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. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow.

Ailsa Morrant, Master of Research, 2023.

How to apply

More on how to apply for all of our postgraduate programmes.

Ramona Lindsay, Painting and Printmaking, 2023.

Application Guidelines + Digital Portfolio

Kilian McCann, Master of Research, 2023.

This guide contains important information including entry requirements, English language requirements, the application process and sample portfolios.

Postgraduate Showcase

Join us for Postgraduate Degree Show - immerse yourself in our digital showcase of graduating students' work and see final year projects from students of this programme.

Chuan Du, MLitt Fine Art Practice, 2023.

Graduate destinations

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Information to Support You In Planning Your Learning

Information for future students on planning your budget, studio and workshop access, technical services, study abroad and exchange, library and further support.

Current Programme Specification

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Reading Lists

Visit the library for the specialist reading lists for this programme. Key resources are expected to be read/viewed by all students enrolled on this course during study. You can also find wider and suggested reading on the subject, with many of the contents available to read online once students have enrolled on the programme.

Weronika Siuda, Textile Design, 2018.

International Students + VISAs

As one of the leading art schools in the UK, The Glasgow School of Art welcomes international students to all of its programmes. The School offers an environment in which difference is encouraged and diversity of background and approach is valued.

Ka Ki Wong, MDes Photography, 2017.

Exchange & Study Abroad

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This programme participates in the Associate Student Scheme

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This programme is subject to validation

We review the content of our programmes regularly, making changes where necessary to improve the student experience and our graduate prospects.  This programme is being reviewed and is subject validation. You can read more about what ‘Subject to Validation’ means here.

Kate Timney, MLitt Art Writing School of Fine Art, 2023.