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Design, MPhil, PhD

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Design programme offered by The University of Edinburgh provides a highly dynamic and supportive research environment for our large and diverse graduate community as demonstrated in our 100 percent score in the research environment category of the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Overview

Design research students at The University of Edinburgh can benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary research environment, which attracts postgraduate researchers across a number of fields, and is further informed by collaborative exchanges with colleagues elsewhere in the University. This approach has attracted funding from major providers, including the UK Research Councils and institutions from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the arts, humanities, science and medicine.

Training and support

All of our research students benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary approach and all are assigned two research supervisors. The second supervisor may be from another discipline within ECA, or from somewhere else within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences or elsewhere within the University, according to the expertise required. On occasion more than two supervisors will be assigned, particularly where the degree brings together multiple disciplines.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      PhD - 3 years

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      PhD - 6 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Areas of expertise within design include: 

  • animation, 
  • design ethnography, 
  • design history and theory, 
  • design informativs,
  •  fashion, 
  • film and television, 
  • glass, graphic design,
  •  illustration, interior design, 
  • jewellery, 
  • performance costume, 
  • product design,
  •  screen studies (film and animation),
  •  silversmithing and textiles.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. We will also take any professional experience into account.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20100 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Home/EU fees have still to be agreed.

MPhil PT fees

  • International - £10,050

PhD FT fees

  • International - £20,100

PhD PT fees

  • International - £10,050

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • Edinburgh College of Art scholarships

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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