This exciting and innovative programme combines research and practice leading you to explore the boundaries of multi-disciplinary creativity. As a student on this programme, you will respond to emerging practices across the creative arts, humanities and physical and social sciences. You will learn how to combine theoretical, philosophical and experimental approaches to creativity across media, and will discover new tools to challenge existing disciplinary definitions and contemporary art practices. Throughout this programme you will work both collaboratively and individually, and benefit from studying with other students in subject specialisms from across the rich and diverse courses offered within ECA and the wider University.

If you have some experience in the creative arts and you are seeking to engage with other disciplines as a means to expand and challenge your practice, this programme is for you. Similarly, if you have studied another discipline, but now wish to situate your working practices and intellectual focus within the context of creative practice, this programme is for you too. Yet, to be able to benefit from this programme, you must always have a keen interest in interdisciplinary research.

Leading to a major project

Each semester you will work on a combination of academic and creative projects, leading you towards the development of a major individual creative project. This project will enable you to engage creatively and critically with the ideas, issues and processes you have developed during the programme. You will be expected to submit a speculative proposal about this project as part of your application for a place to study.

When you graduate, you will have developed the ability to present, contextualise and articulate your research and creative work.

Past student projects

Students who have attended this programme so far come from diverse backgrounds such as fine art, photography, computer programming, design, political science, business, law, and architecture. Work exhibited in previous years degree shows includes: a multimedia installation about gender issues in language; glass-based work exploring shadow as art object; a prototype for computer game environments which are an integral part of the narrative of the game; drawing as creative form of animal welfare activism; photographic work exploring visual persuasion informed by representations of Jungian archetypes; a photo-sculptural installation engaging with an ontology of ‘matter’ in the photographic medium; an installation of still images and short film narrating tensions between value and art in the Edinburgh small business marketplace; and design ideas for products bringing digital experience to everyday tangible objects.

Top five reasons to choose the programme

  • Join an interdisciplinary group: You will benefit from working in a truly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment across the arts, social and physical sciences.
  • Working across disciplines: The skills you develop will not only enable you to work across a range of disciplines, but will expand and challenge your practice within your core discipline.
  • Work at the highest professional level: When you graduate you will have the skills necessary to work under your own direction on ambitious projects that are intellectually, creatively and technically demanding.
  • Preparing for PhD: Over the course of the programme, you will develop a substantial body of creative work and research, all of which is ideal preparation for further study at PhD level, should you choose to pursue further academic study.
  • Access leading researchers: You will work in a research-led environment and will become fully involved in the activities of interdisciplinary research groups across ECA and the entire University, such as FUSION. Working alongside researchers who form an established interdisciplinary community, you will have excellent opportunities to engage fully with research methods and research-led learning.

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 Art guidelines (PDF)


Facilities and resources

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

These facilities are provided for both cold and hot casting processes, allowing you to work on small as well as large-scale pieces.

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.

The Photography Suite provides facilities and studios for students to gain a grounding in nearly all aspects of photography including process and developing as well as printing of photographs.

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

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2019
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

ECA PG Masters Scholarships

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

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