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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 a particular interest in place and memory, semiotic landscapes, materiality of writing, photography and visual knowledges, curatorial practices and multimodality in representation of research.

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.

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 your independent research.

Students’ projects benefit from research expertise of staff from the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and from our collaborative exchanges across ECA 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 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.


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

Entry Requirements

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

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