Research course

Master of Research

Glasgow School of Art · Glasgow School of Art

Entry requirements

2:1 degree – with a dissertation or equivalent component (within three years of graduation, thereafter an equivalent will be considered based on candidate’s experience).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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).

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.

Information for international students

Students from non-English speaking countries will require an IELTS 6.0.

Fees and funding

Please see the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Lynn Sayers-McHattie