Research course

Cultural Studies

University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Your application must include:

  • University transcripts and degree certificates; non-native speakers must provide required evidence of English language proficiency;
  • two letters of reference of which one must be academic;
  • detailed CV;
  • statement of interest related to this specific programme and its focus.

Your statement could be accompanied by a portfolio of work (in an electronic format) that supports your claim on the fit into our programme and its specific academic profile. Writing sample of 3000-4000 words on the topic showcasing your interest (writing sample may form part of your portfolio). This could be, for example, an essay written for a course in your undergraduate studies, two shorter essays, or a chapter from your dissertation. You need to identify the text's original purpose, or clearly reference publication details.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme offers a unique learning context of theoretically grounded courses in which the traditional seminar format is challenged by an experimental interdisciplinary studio-style learning and critical reviews.

Students in Cultural Studies may work alongside graduate students from other subjects (architecture, art history, literature, design) and thus benefit from discussions of their work in a variety of representational contexts (written papers, exhibitions, visual essays, installations).

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

College HSS Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 131 650 4086