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Landscape Architecture

The University of Edinburgh

21 months
25300 EUR/year
12500 EUR/year
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The Landscape Architecture programme from The University of Edinburgh is professionally accredited by the Landscape Institute and provides students with professionally focused landscape architectural skills and a critical awareness of the context of contemporary landscape architecture practice. 


This Landscape Architecture programme from The University of Edinburgh is the only professionally orientated postgraduate programme in landscape architecture in Scotland, and it has an acknowledged international reputation.

Landscape architecture combines creative practice with intellectual rigour in the invention of landscapes for human occupation. Working across a range of scales, from the territory to the garden, it is a practice that draws on a deep understanding of material and cultural history, ecology, geography, climate, and the past and present uses of landscapes in order to speculate on the future.

The MLA programme at the University of Edinburgh invites applications from graduates with distinctive disciplinary interests, including landscape architecture, art and design, ecology, architecture and construction, horticulture, geography, or others.

The programme endeavours to train individual practitioners with distinct modes of practice and fields of interest with the aim that MLA graduates enter the profession with a sophisticated portfolio of skills, knowledge and understanding.

Design teaching within the MLA programme is research-led. Colleagues within ESALA maintain active design practices through commission, competition and publication; they are engaged in practice and research at local, national and international levels.

The programme benefits from the studio-based learning typical of an art-college environment. Design, theory and techniques courses are delivered from within ESALA and from the wider ECA and University community.

Career opportunities

As a discipline and a profession Landscape Architecture has the potential to inform our environment at every scale. The MLA programme seeks to foster creative and critical designers ; ethical, intelligent, highly skilled and imaginative practitioners, able to navigate the full extent of the profession.

The programme aims to enable graduates to enter the profession with a sophisticated portfolio of flexible skills, knowledge and understanding.

Graduates from the MLA programme progress to work in design practice and landscape stewardship both nationally and internationally, as well as contributing to academia and aspects of governance of a wide spectrum of landscapes across a broad range of scales.


This programme is professionally accredited by the Landscape Institute.

Programme Structure

  • Four design courses, taking the form of design studios, underpin the programme. This type of course promotes a teaching and learning environment in which students are encouraged to take risks and experiment.
  • Studios provide the opportunity for collective research, discussion and development of ideas. Design exploration is supported and informed by technical and theoretical courses which run in parallel to the studio-based learning and teaching.
  • In the second year of study you will develop a major design project and reflect upon your approach to landscape architecture in the form of an academic portfolio.
  • The programme culminates in the opportunity to stage a public exhibition of your final year design proposals – the ECA Degree Show.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in landscape architecture or a related subject such as architecture, design, geography, planning, ecology or fine art. You should have a strong interest in landscape architecture and show creative potential.

You must submit a portfolio of recent work as part of your application. Your portfolio should:

  • collectively demonstrate your potential ability to visualise your design ideas

  • demonstrate creative skills

  • be sourced from work you produced at school or from a relevant first degree such as landscape architecture, architecture, art or other design programme or extra-curricular activities or self-led projects

As part of the application process, within your portfolio you must submit a personal statement and CV. On the first page of the portfolio incorporate your name and on the pages immediately following include a brief CV and your personal statement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 EUR per year during 21 months.
  • National

    12500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 EUR per year during 21 months.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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