University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Material Practice

The programme offers a contemporary, cross-disciplinary approach to materials: the stuff that we use to form the spaces in which we live, produce the objects that we use and that creates or destroys the environments that we inhabit. The global economy and market has expanded exponentially in response to ICT, however the physical nature of materials will always be subject to contextual particularities, such as traditional practices, availability of resource and skills, emerging materials and technologies. The programme provides an opportunity for advanced study of materials in contemporary practice. Many practices in architecture, design and art engage in cross-disciplinary, cross-material activity.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. If English is not the 1st language, students must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of their spoken and written English: IELTS total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (at least 20 in each module); PTE(A): Total 67 (at least 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections); CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A.

Course modules

The programme is largely workshop and studio based, and students will gain experience and expertise from a variety of tutors, support staff and technicians. Periods will be spent in different workshops of the ECA, to explore materials and technique including: metals, glass, textiles and architecture. The programme cuts across notions of process and concerns different interpretations of materials and their role in creative practice, design and production. The programme also addresses directly important contemporary issues of economy, inclusion and sustainability through the major projects in the second semester.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 calendar years
MSc Full-time £ 18,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 calendar years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
0131 650 4086