Research course

Text/Image Studies

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide an outline of the proposed research subject in about 1000 words. This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry


Course content

We have outstanding facilities in the field of Text/Image Studies, from the holdings of Glasgow University Library, including the Stirling Maxwell Collection, and The Hunterian, to an environment that includes world-leading publications and journals, the hosting of conferences, and exhibition curation.

The PhD in Text/Image Studies allows research in any area that interacts pictures with words. Examples include the study of:

  • Renaissance emblem books,
  • contextualised photography
  • the culture of comics and the graphic novel.

As a Text/Image scholar in Glasgow you will work under the aegis of the . You will be part of a vibrant community of students and visiting scholars from around the world with numerous seminars, reading groups and social support events.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 7.0 with no sub-test under 7.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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