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The Master of Research is a pioneering postgraduate research degree offered across all Schools at The Glasgow School of Art. It provides a unique opportunity to design and undertake a research project, which is either practice-based or theoretical.

This is not a taught programme – instead it combines tailored research training, delivered in seasonal schools in winter, spring and autumn at our Highlands campus, alongside a substantial component of independent research under the direction of a supervisory team. It prepares you for doctoral study and is suited to anyone seeking a dedicated space to continue a research project, or to creative practitioners who wish to develop their research practice in a specific context. You will be part of a cohort of academics exploring similar themes and will benefit from this shared knowledge and experience.

Candidates embark on interdisciplinary research that addresses contextually located social and cultural challenges through engagement with communities. As with all study at The Innovation School, the development and expression of participatory practice is central to the research ethos. The programme seeks to develop world-class researchers who wish to enhance their professional practice or pursue an academic career.

Our Approach

The Innovation School is a community of designers and academics who operate within a wider network to deliver Design Innovation in a real-world context. We create a platform for collaboration by organising live projects with businesses and local communities, as well as public and private sector partners. Our studio-based approach to design and research results in a vibrant creative environment that supports various forms of interaction between faculty and students.

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Teaching Staff

The Innovation School’s faculty come from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds. Our varied expertise enables us to cover many specialisms as well as providing a holistic overview of Design Innovation. Each tutor has a thorough understanding of human-centred design methods, and many are involved in their own research or projects that feed into our constantly evolving programmes.

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