Five reasons to choose the programme

You will have access to supervision from a range of world-class researchers, drawn from within and beyond the discipline of architecture.
We actively promote interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of architecture and encourage research projects that challenge conventional modes of practice and thought.
You will benefit from leading research training methodologies and seminar events, including distinguished visiting professors, all within a lively, research-driven environment.
You will have access to world-class computing, library and workshop facilities, all located in a European capital city with good transport links both within the UK and abroad.
The programme provides exciting opportunities for cross-disciplinary exploration and research with the schools of Art, Design, History of Art, and Music.

Outline

Postgraduate research is vital to ESALA’s critical dynamism and international profile. Studying for a PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research in Architecture, you will be contributing to the UK’s largest centre for the study of architecture and environmental design: a world leader in its field.

The programme offers you the chance to study architecture in all its aspects and you will be immersed in an interdisciplinary environment which draws on a wide variety of specialisms. These include design, the history and theory of architecture and urbanism, sustainability, technology, architectural conservation, digital media, landscape architecture and salutogenic environments, and architectural criticism.   

Research interests

Research is central to the life of Architecture within ESALA. It motivates both the intellectual and creative facets of our activities, as well as driving our collaborations with a broad range of external institutions, both within the UK and internationally.

We actively encourage research projects that challenge conventional modes of practice and thought and which can make a positive impact on government policy making and on people’s lives. We also seek to develop research that addresses global challenges, exploring environmental resilience and sustainable development.

We are interested in a diversity of conditions: from the most intimate spaces of dwelling, through complex infrastructures and open spaces, to the heterogeneous fabric of cities and their wider territorial environments.

Studying architecture and its allied disciplines within the larger Edinburgh College of Art also provides exciting opportunities for cross-disciplinary exploration and research with the schools of Art, Design, History of Art, and Music.

Supervision

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) and beyond.

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

Prof Mark Dorrian

Forbes Chair in Architecture

ESALA PGR Committee Convener

Email: Mark.Dorrian@ed.ac.uk


Facilities and resources

Including journals, databases, and local collections.

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

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s historic collections.


Scholarships and bursaries

AHRC PhD Doctoral Studentships

  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: For research interests aligning with, or cutting across, ECA's five Schools.

Carnegie / Caledonian PhD Scholarships

  • Value: Covers tuition fees, and maintenance, research and travel allowances
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: For graduates of a Scottish university with a first-class honours degree, or final year students of an undergraduate degree in Scotland expected to obtain a first-class honours (withdrawing if they fail to do so).

College Research Awards

  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years full-time study
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Applications are invited for research projects that take advantage of ECA's interdisciplinary nature.

ECA PhD Scholarship

  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years full-time study (or £8,000 per year part-time)
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Applications are invited for research projects that take advantage of ECA's interdisciplinary nature, drawing on the leading research expertise across the ECA Schools.

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships

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



Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

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