Five reasons to choose the programme

Focusing on research by architectural design method, this PhD provides the opportunity for optimum reflection, interpretation and action.
You will contribute to the development of the discipline, working on independent interpretive experiments, fieldwork, design work and/or arguments. 
You will develop fluency in digital media and other modes of representation to engage in cross-disciplinary discussions and collaborative networks in creative work.
You will produce a carefully considered thesis that develops and supports an independent argument to international presentation standard.
You will hone your presentation skills, including your ability to plan and deliver university-level teaching using different studio, lecture and seminar formats.

Outline

A PhD in Architecture by Design will give you an informed awareness of the methods and theoretical frameworks that shape the ways in which practitioners and researchers have interpreted issues in the field and enable you to develop and justify your own interpretive experiments, fieldwork, design work and arguments. 

You will have the opportunity to pursue research by architectural design method, exploring the roles that design plays, and might play, within wider cultural processes.

This PhD provides the opportunity for optimum reflection, interpretation and action: a minimum of three years full-time study, or six years part-time. 

The programme draws on the strengths of design teaching throughout the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and you will work directly with a postgraduate supervisor from the School, but also closely with other postgraduate programmes and the full range of available staff and peer expertise in ECA and the University of Edinburgh as a whole.

How you will study

Your Architecture by Design thesis will be composed of both design work and text. We will encourage and enable you to use the full range of design media to develop both research method and thesis presentation, for example, as film, digital media, portfolio, exhibition, physical construction and installation.

To complement your academic supervision, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of lectures and workshops, contributing to the development of specific, transferable and professional skills. You may also be offered the opportunity to contribute to teaching within ESALA. If so, you will be offered support and training to help develop your teaching skills more effectively.

The full facilities of the School will be made available to you, including extensive digital and specific material workshops. Together with fellow students, you will have the opportunity to contribute to ESALA's healthy design presentation culture, its print and e-publication output, international debate across a range of design-related fields and the organisation of symposia and conferences.

This is a research programme. Support and supervision may be provided by any of the teaching staff in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).

Current students

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for postgraduate study

Preparing your application

Common to all research programmes are a set of research aims, a research context, a research process and a research product/outcome. The research proposal should include reference to all of these elements. All applicants for postgraduate research programmes must submit a research proposal.

Portfolios or writing samples are also required for some research degrees.

View the Architecture and Landscape Architecture guidelines (PDF)


Staff

Dr Dorian Wiszniewski

Senior Lecturer, Architectural Design and Theory

Email: dorian.wiszniewski@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2311


Facilities and resources

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

Resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.

Welding torches, a forge, forming and shaping tools, and a 1-ton gantry crane with access to main workshop areas.

We have model workshops in both the Hunter Building and Minto House. Here you can work with machinery and hand tools for the cutting, shaping, and general fabrication of woods and metals.

This large wood workshop hosts a huge range of machinery and hand tools for the cutting, shaping, and general fabrication of woods, as well as metals, plastics, and cardboard.


Scholarships and bursaries

ECA PhD Scholarship

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years
  • Eligibility: Applications are invited for PhD research projects that take advantage of the leading research expertise across ECA.

Edinburgh College of Art PhD Interdisciplinary Scholarship

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years full-time study (pro-rata for part-time)
  • Eligibility: If wishing to commence a new programme of study in September 2019 you must ensure that you have fully completed and submitted your PhD programme application for admission using the University's online system by no later than 25th January 2019.

College Research Awards

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years
  • Eligibility: Applications are invited for PhD research projects that take advantage of the leading research expertise across ECA.

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships

  • Deadline:
  • Value: Covers the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate student and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate student
  • Eligibility: Open to overseas students commencing a PhD in any field of study.



Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086