This programme offers advanced study and supervised individual research in a broad range of topics, including visual culture, photography and visual essay, text and image, urban art and graffiti, place identity, place memory and representation, cultural translation, curatorial practices and exhibition design.
Over the course of the programme, you will gain critical, analytical, interpretative and representational skills that are transferable to a range of academic and other professional settings.
You will learn to critically engage with current cultural debates that frame the understanding of visual and spatial practices, design and everyday cultures, and the relationships between text and image, place and representation.
As 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.
Students are admitted based on their research proposals and academic portfolios.
What you will study
In the first semester, students are normally required to take two 20-credit courses pertinent to their research topic, as recommended by their supervisor. In the second semester, they begin working on their dissertation project. If the research project requires a different pacing of coursework, for example to allow fieldwork in Semester 1, the second course can be taken in Semester 2.
The mode of learning ranges from seminars in Semester One to critical reviews and work-in-progress presentations, colloquia and curatorial projects in Semester Two. The final project is an illustrated dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.
Throughout the programme, your learning will be supported by guest seminars and critical reviews, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, field trips and events. You'll also be directed towards public lectures, seminars, conferences and events hosted by the University of Edinburgh and other cultural institutions within the city.
Students on the programme also have the opportunity to participate in the Cultural Research Summer School organised in July in collaboration with Humboldt University Berlin.