Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

We provide a highly dynamic and supportive research environment for our large and diverse graduate community.

Research students in the area of Art benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary research environment which attracts postgraduate students and researchers in and 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 of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the wider University (such as the School of Informatics).

Research degrees are based on independent study determined by proposals for research projects submitted by candidates (guidelines are available).

Such projects can be fully theoretical. However, when appropriate, applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that challenge and expand traditional approaches to research in creative practice and design, via innovative theoretical and/or practice-led methodologies.

We welcome applications from candidates with professional qualifications and/or professional experience who believe that they would specifically benefit from undertaking MPhil or PhD research in the area of Art, in an environment which both supports and explores the dialogue between artistic practice and academic research.

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

ECA Graduate School
+44 (0) 131 651 5736