Research course

Cultural Studies

University of Edinburgh · School of Arts, Culture and Environment

Entry requirements

Normally a UK masters degree or its international equivalent.

We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This transdisciplinary programme supports a range of research topics in visual and urban cultural studies, with a particular interest in place and memory, semiotic landscapes, materiality of writing, photography and visual knowledges, curatorial practices and multimodality in representation of research.

The PhD in Cultural Studies programme enables you to study cultural phenomena, practices and texts at an advanced level, critically engaging with theories and methodologies of transdisciplinary cultural research.

Students’ projects benefit from diverse research expertise of staff from the Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, from our collaborative exchanges with colleagues across ECA and a broad range of contacts with local and international research networks, cultural and heritage institutions and archives.

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

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

ECA Graduate School
+44 (0)131 651 5741