Masters degrees in Landscape Architecture provide the training and qualifications necessary to design, create and maintain exterior spaces, from national landmarks and public parks to agricultural developments and nature reserves.
These qualifications are often quite practical, with a strong vocational element and associated work experience placements. Programmes can also be research-based, focussing on the development of new methods and approaches to support practical work.
Many qualifications in these fields are professionally accredited. This means that they will entitle you to work in regulated careers.
In the UK, a Masters in Landscape Architecture should normally be recognised by the Landscape Institute in order to qualify you for professional practice. Programmes without specific accreditation will still provide useful skills and theoretical knowledge, but you should confirm that your course is suitable for your intended career path.
Your employment prospects with a Masters in Landscape Architecture are quite varied. You may end up as part of a large team for a major property developer, help support conservation and heritage management at a specific site, or be self-employed as a private contractor.
This course is a unique opportunity to qualify as both an architect and landscape architect. It is open to students with previous combined or separate degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture. The degree is prescribed by the LI and ARB and is awaiting prescription from the RIBA.
Your study focuses on a range of themed, design-based studios dedicated to specific areas of practice or research. There are compulsory modules in landscape architecture, humanities, management, building and plant sciences, and an integrated architecture and landscape architecture project.
To qualify as an architect, you’ll produce at least one comprehensive design project. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with local or regional groups on a real-life challenge through our Live Projects initiative.
Our graduates are architects, project managers, urban designers and client advisers.
Employers include the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Hawkins Brown, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd. With a post-qualification degree, you could move on to a senior position or further academic research and teaching.
You’ll be joining one of the largest and most diverse groups of full-time architecture academics in the country. Our staff come from the arts, physical and social sciences, and engineering. This connects our research to other disciplines and stimulates debate about the future of architecture.
Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. We integrate those projects with our teaching on courses that will develop your core skills. You’ll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us fourth in the UK.
You’ll have access to a lot of specialist facilities. Our media unit has a range of audio-visual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite. We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs.
Our teaching is more than lectures and seminars. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing. Working with real clients on real projects, you’ll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working. The outcomes make a difference to communities.
Design 1, 2 and 3; Theory and Research; Environment and Technology 1 and 2; Management and Practice 1 and 2, Urban Landscape Planning; Professional Practice, Law and Contracts; Design Research Study; Live Projects; Design Report; Special Project.
This is a two-year programme offered jointly by five of Europe's leading landscape architecture institutions: Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA); Akademie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam; Leibniz Universität, Hannover; Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage (ENSP), Versailles; and Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB).
The programme offers you a unique educational experience and an opportunity to design your landscape architecture training to fit your aspirations, interests and skills.
You will be immersed in very different European cultural and pedagogical environments, greatly enriching your perspective and development as a designer.
The five partners approach the technical, aesthetic and ecological issues of landscape architecture in very different ways, at scales ranging from the urban site to the rural region. You will therefore experience a wide range of landscapes, methods, and skills, establish links to private- and public-sector employers across Europe, and be exposed to the daily life and culture of some of Europe's most diverse and exciting cities and regions.
The programme is based on the principle of student mobility. You will study for two semesters in Edinburgh and choose two of the partner institutions to study at for one semester each.
Courses include design studios, seminars, and lectures, which vary with the institution and semester. All students convene for a summer workshop run by one EMiLA partner on a rotating basis. These workshops are designed to be substantive and fun, and to stimulate thinking about the future challenges the landscape architecture profession will face.
The programme has been reviewed by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and currently has ‘Candidate Accreditation’ status with the Landscape Institute.
Graduates of landscape architecture programmes at the University of Edinburgh have outstanding employability prospects.