Five reasons to choose the programme

Combines self-directed and tutor-led research within a dynamic academic community.
Develops both critical and methodological skills in a creative environment.
Examines digital media within its broader social, cultural and theoretical contexts.
Enables you to choose your own area of research interest.
Opens up career opportunities and pathways to further, advanced research.


Are you interested in ideas? Do you enjoy the challenges of philosophy and theory? In this research-based programme, you will use emerging ideas and debate to reflect on and interpret technological change and the social, cultural and political contexts in which it takes place.

Examining philosophies of digital and mass media, computation, big data analytics and artificial intelligence, you will be at the critical centre of a diverse range of different disciplines and media, including film, architecture, music, texts, television, magazines, mainstream and alternative art forms, and performance.

Students of this programme are part of a dynamic community of around 50 researchers at all career stages and a new intellectual infrastructure for digital media design and art practice, exploring computing’s social ramifications, social media, the world of e-commerce, e-entrepreneurship, e-learning, project-based composition and artistic works, digital architecture and urbanism, new media consumption practices, the co-creation of media, changes to the household, links between vision and sound, branded places, non-places, and more.

The degree can be taken over one (full time) or two (part time) years and support and supervision may be provided by any of the teaching staff in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and beyond.

Find out more about digital media and culture on Programme Director, Richard Coyne’s, blog

What you will study

Our programme provides training in methods of postgraduate research, including in creative practice, as well as developing reflective skills and theoretical understanding.

You will gain the confidence to respond critically to developments in digital media and to critique the commentary of others in the field, in both academic and popular literature.

The programme includes core and optional courses, directed reading and opportunity for original research, packaged into work units, with engagement in seminars, lectures and video-based learning.

We have structured the programme to allow you a great deal of freedom in choosing your own areas of research interest within digital media and culture and to work alongside students on more technical courses, some of which you can elect to take.

Find out more about the courses you'll take and choose from


Digital media and culture is a dynamic field offering international opportunities for further research, including in the private sector. A Masters degree by Research is a great way to start your research career, test your appetite for a PhD, or simply to hone your critical and intellectual skills.

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)


Prof Richard Coyne

Professor of Architectural Computing

REF Coordinator for UoA 13


Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2332

Facilities and resources

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

A Virtual Learning Environment enabling you to log in 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 2 March 2020
  • Value: £9,500
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086