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The Master of Research (M.Res) is a pioneering interdisciplinary postgraduate research degree offered across all schools at The Glasgow School of Art.

In addition to participating in a dynamic and vibrant research community, students will design and undertake their own independent research inquiries (either practice-based or theoretical) that seek to address contextually located social, cultural, political, technological and environmental challenges.

The programme is a dedicated space for students to undertake a research project at postgraduate level, or for creative practitioners who wish to develop their research practice in a specific context.

Due to Covid-19 and ongoing government restrictions, the MRes Research Training Programme, Seasonal Schools, and meetings amongst supervisory teams will take place remotely through teleconferencing platforms such a Zoom. Students will be able to access the Library through an online booking system.

New students can find more information on our Pre-Enrolment Gateway, and continuing students on the GSA Student Intranet, Canvas, email and e-bulletins, and staff on the GSA Staff Intranet, email and e-bulletins.

Programme Approach

As the role of design and the designer within contemporary society continues to develop, so too does the nature and purpose of design practice. This programme explores how the practices of collaborative creativity can be employed and enhanced through meaningful engagement with others. Affecting transformational change in both the rural and urban geographies, and the development expression of collaborative creativity are central to the research ethos at the Innovation School.

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Research Training

The MRes is not a taught programme but it combines tailored research training delivered in Seasonal Schools to support students in developing research methods, constructing a literature review, ethical procedures and practices, planning for fieldwork and participation, modes of analysis, and preparing for the Viva. Alongside a component of independent research under the direction of a dedicated supervisory team, Studio Days bring the cohort together to participate in student-led tutorials.

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