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Cultural Studies (MScR)


Course Description

Research profile

This transdisciplinary programme supports a range of research topics in visual and urban cultural studies, with an interest in place, identity and memory; cultural translation and semiotic landscapes; materiality of writing and graffiti; photography, visual knowledges and curatorial practices; multimodality in representation of research; critical writing and critical pedagogies; cultural heritage of eastern Europe; and the post-socialist city.

The MSc by Research programme enables you to study cultural phenomena, practices and texts at an advanced level, critically engaging with theories and methodologies of transdisciplinary cultural research. The programme encourages enquiry into visual and urban cultures, visual knowledges and spatial practices, forms and practices of representation, and methodological innovation in cultural analysis.

You are required to complete two courses selected in discussion with your supervisor and providing methodological and theoretical grounding for your research project, and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research.

Students’ research projects benefit from academic collaborations across architecture and history of art in ECA, and from co-supervision with staff in sociology, comparative literature, Canadian studies, Chinese cultural studies, social history and religious studies. Students also benefit from our collaborative exchanges and contacts with local and international research networks, cultural and heritage institutions and archives.

Training and support

All of our research students benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary approach and all are assigned two research supervisors. Your second supervisor may be from another discipline within ECA, or from somewhere else within the College of Humanities & Social Science 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.

Visit the Cultural Studies (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

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