Research course


University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. We will also take any professional experience into account.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

At the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) School of Art we provide a highly dynamic and supportive research environment for our large and diverse graduate community. Our research students benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary research environment, which attracts postgraduate students and researchers across the fields of art, design, music, architecture, landscape architecture and history of art.

Research in this environment is further informed by collaborative exchanges with other areas in the University’s College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, as well as the wider University (such as the School of Informatics in the College of Science & Engineering).

Our current areas of expertise include:

  • Art
  • Critical and experimental writing
  • Art education
  • Artist-run initiatives and DIY culture
  • Art and anthropology
  • Contemporary art theory and practice
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Drawing
  • Expanded painting
  • Independent and self-publishing
  • Intermedia art
  • Moving image
  • Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Psychophysical sound creation
  • Public art
  • Sculpture
  • Sound
  • Video art
  • Visual and material cultures.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 131 651 5739