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Cultural Landscapes (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme is intended for students who seek training in the history, theory and practices associated with cultural landscapes.

It provides methodological and conceptual tools essential for contemporary research and affords the opportunity for the in-depth study of a theme that characterises contemporary landscape research and practice.

The programme provides students with a strong historical and methodological framework for studying historic and contemporary cultural landscapes. Through a combination of coursework, fieldwork projects and supervised project/dissertation research, students will acquire both a breadth of historical understanding and rigorous research practices.

It is transdisciplinary in its approach, taking into account histories and approaches drawn primarily from architecture and contemporary art theory and practice, but the programme also engages with other arts-based and social science disciplines, including cultural geography, the history of art, visual and material culture, literature, digital design and media, anthropology and archaeology.

Programme structure

This programme is structured around three compulsory courses, two thematic courses, one option course, and either a supervised dissertation of 15,000 words, or a 10,000-word project proposal with an associated research portfolio.

The range of thematic pathways and option courses available is determined by key areas of staff research in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and is designed to change according to course availability.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in Cultural Landscapes seeks to provide the following core learning outcomes:

-Critical understandings of historic, contemporary as well as emerging debates and practices around the theme of landscape.
-Advanced methodological training in cultural landscape research.
-Acquisition of rigorous research skills and practices.
-In-depth knowledge of a sub-field of landscape history and theory.
-Ability to apply landscape research to multiple areas of inquiry.

Career opportunities

This degree provides preparation for work in industries including heritage management, planning departments, and conservation policy, as well as deepening historical, theoretical and methodological engagement with landscape for those with established public and site-specific art practices. It also prepares students for doctoral-level research.

Fees and costs

Additional programme costs (APCs) are used by programmes in Edinburgh College of Art to cover associated costs such as: basic consumables; equipment purchase, hire and maintenance; computing hardware and software; field trip and excursion expenses; and programme specific events. More detail will be available in programme handbooks.

Visit the Cultural Landscapes (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or its equivalent).

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