Master of Research:
Design, Health & Care

The Glasgow School of Art and the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) are offering Master of Research studentships for those who wish to build research skills in health and care contexts. The programme seeks to develop world-class researchers who wish to enhance their professional practice or pursue an academic career.

The GSA is a founding partner in the DHI Innovation Centre, which is a partnership between NHS Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The DHI is an open community where industry can collaborate effectively with practitioners from academia, health, care and social partners on innovation opportunities that will create preferable futures for Scotland. The DHI co-design approach creates sustainable growth through designing services and systems that address health and care challenges. These include: community wellness, living well in the community and unscheduled care.

The GSA Health & Care team have a wealth of interdisciplinary experience. The GSA’s Experience Labs are a core element of the DHI. Developed by the GSA’s Innovation School, they offer a special creative environment where researchers, service users, businesses and more can collaborate to find innovative solutions to the health and care challenges facing our society.

The Master of Research may be conducted as part of the Experience Labs, or connected to a DHI thematic.

Please read our Staff Profiles for an overview of our team’s work and research interests.

Sneha Raman in a lab

Experience Lab researcher Sneha Raman working in a lab. Image credit: Louise Mather

Funded Places

The Glasgow School of Art and the Digital Health and Care Institute are currently offering studentships (fee waivers) to study on the Master of Research programme.

This pioneering programme offers students the opportunity to be at the forefront of Design Innovation research and practice in the areas of health and care. It is suitable for those with training and experience in diverse disciplines, including Design Innovation, Product Design and Interaction Design. Individuals with clinical and public health backgrounds who wish to develop skills in Design Innovation are also encouraged to apply.

This is not a taught programme. It combines tailored research training, delivered in Seasonal Schools at our GSA Highlands and Islands campus, alongside a substantial component of independent research under the direction of a supervisory team.

Please contact Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie for an informal conversation regarding your research interests. We also offer one to one surgeries with potential supervisors on developing and refining your research proposal.

We currently have funded places available at our campus in Glasgow and the Creative Campus, Highlands and Islands, as well as across both campuses. The funded places are open to Home/EU applicants.

How to apply

Details of how to apply can be found at:

The programme starts in September 2017.

You can find out more about our current Masters of Research students based at the Creative Campus on our student profile page and on our blog.

For further information, contact Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie: [email protected]

A student looking at Winter School projects

Contemplating the Winter School 2017 work. Image credit: Paul Campbell