Research course


University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art

Entry requirements

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 Design, in an environment which both supports and explores the dialogue between design practice and academic research. All applicants must also meet our English 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 Design 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 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.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)131 651 5741