The MSc by Research in Interdisciplinary Creative Practices is a unique programme of study that responds to emerging practices that work across diverse disciplines in the creative arts, humanities and physical and social sciences.
The programme is predicated on the understanding that the convergent nature of information and communication technologies has facilitated the adoption of methods from across disciplines and that practitioners often require a deeper appreciation and experience of such methods.
You may have completed your initial studies in an academic domain and now seek to situate that subject knowledge within creative practice. Based in a lively studio environment, drawing on resources within ECA and the wider University setting, the programme introduces you to a wide range of disciplines and associated methods within a critical framework that encourages reflective experimentation.
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.
You will be encouraged to work autonomously and collaboratively and you will have the opportunity to study with others in subject specialisms from across the rich and diverse courses offered by the University. This provision is negotiated with you from the outset, based on the research proposal you are required to submit as part of the application process, to ensure an appropriate fit and the viability of your overall programme of study. You will also work closely with the CIRCLE research group.
We normally expect students to enter with at least a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK. The subject discipline is not as important as aptitude for critical thinking and commitment to interdisciplinary study. In special cases equivalent experience may be considered as an alternative for part or all of the requirement. Prospective students might have had experience as creative practitioners beginning to engage interdisciplinary working methods or have completed study in a specific subject and now seek to apply that knowledge through creative practice.
Recipient: University of Edinburgh
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