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.

Months of entry

January, September, April

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. Your research project will benefit from academic collaborations across architecture and history of art in ECA, and from co-supervision with staff in sociology, comparative literature, Canadian studies, Chinese cultural studies, social history and religious studies. You will also benefit from our collaborative exchanges and contacts with local and international research networks, cultural and heritage institutions and archives.

This programmes enable you to study cultural phenomena, practices and texts at an advanced level, critically engaging with theories and methodologies of transdiciplinary cultural research. Your projects will benefit from the diverse research expertise of staff from the Edinburgh School of Architecture and 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.

The PhD is a major piece of independent research, preparing you for a future in academic scholarship. It is obtained by research and presentation of a thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. As a student you will have two supervisors with whom you will work closely throughout the research period. You will be required to take the research skills and methods course selected in consultation with your supervisors.

In addition to regular meetings with your supervisor, you will participate in postgraduate seminars and conferences and have opportunities to experiment with publications and curatorial projects.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

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