It's an MSc by Research programme, not a PhD programme. We also have an interdisciplinary practice-led PhD programme alongside all the other PhD programmes in the University. Currently within Edinburgh College of Art (art, design, music, art history, architecture) we have around 150 PhD candidates and probably 20+ of these are explicitly interdisciplinary. At PhD level it sometimes gets hard to define disciplinarity...
On 10 Jul 2012, at 16:04, roger malina wrote:
> Your PhD program in edinburgh sounds right on target !
> the information you give on what the PhD students are doing after your
> PhD is very interesting- as it points to the fact that these interdisciplinary
> PhD programs have a variety of ways that they allow the hybrids to develop
> their careers
> This weekend IMERA is hosting the INTR network which
> is a network that among things is discussing post-doctoral research
> for the "hybrids"
> the PhD pipeline in science was designed as an overall pathway
> of specialisation and research training from BSc, to PhD to Post-doctoral
> researcher-but the equivalent barely exists in the arts and humanities
> there are almost no funded post doctoral research positions for
> students coming out from art-science PhD programs- things are better
> in art/design- engineering as there are positions in technology research
> one of the problems faced by art-science PhD and Masters training
> is the variety of possible career paths that they are part
> i dont know if hybrid is a good terminology // sometimes I feel like a mongrel
> incidentally you also make the point that you want to have a PhD that bridges
> more widely that art-science- sometimes this is called INTEGRATIVE STUDIES
> there is even an international association for integrative studies
> On Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 8:55 PM, Simon Biggs <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Here in Edinburgh we have a programme MSc by Research in Interdisciplinary Creative Practices.
>> It's coming to the end of it's first year. We started small, just five students (although for a PhD preparation programme we don't want many more than that). The students background's were computer science, English literature, Film and TV, music and sociology. They came from the UK, USA and the EU.
>> One student has gained a fully funded PhD studentship in Informatics and another a job at Harvard. Another is looking at a PhD in neuroscience and music whilst another is looking to be a curator. Another already works part-time as a lecturer but really wants to be a full time artist. Next year's intake looks like it will come from an equally diverse background and will be more international in character, with candidates from India, Mexico and China as well as from the EU and USA.
>> The programme has units in computing, creative arts, cultural theory, bio-sciences, art theory, social sciences and geography, amongst other subjects. Our intent is for it to be broader than an arts and sciences programme, engaging subject areas in as many areas of the university as possible. We also seek to be responsive to student requirements, so they can follow a course each semester in any area in the university they are qualified to. The key element is that a large proportion of the work the students do is practice-led research, allowing established practitioners access to a wide range of academic subjects and students from academic backgrounds to develop their work within a practice-based paradigm.
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