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Landscape and Wellbeing - MSc



1 year


The MSc in Landscape and Wellbeing is ideal for: 

  • Design practitioners who want to understand how evidence-based research can inform designs for wellbeing. 
  • Recent graduates who want to develop a greater understanding of the links between landscapes and human wellbeing. 
  • A student without a design background who wants to explore the role of research and design in shaping landscapes for better wellbeing. 
  • A curious student who is interested in how communities are designed and how this could be done to improve wellbeing for all residents. 

This one-year MSc programme takes an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the importance of the environment for human health and wellbeing.

Drawing on the most advanced theoretical and methodological research in the field, it is delivered by an expert academic team, including members of OPENspace, the international research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments.

The programme is aimed at academics and practitioners working in landscape architecture, planning, design, geography, public health, psychology, epidemiology, horticulture and ecology.

It is designed to help you understand the evidence base on salutogenic landscapes (those that support and enhance human health and wellbeing), translate research into practice, guide practical environmental interventions, and assess their effectiveness.


The degree will deepen your engagement with landscape and wellbeing. More specifically, it will prepare you for work in sectors including landscape architecture, planning, public health, urban policy development, social services, horticulture and nature-based therapy. It can also prepare you for doctoral-level research.

Why you should choose this programme


You will develop expertise in an area of rapidly growing international interest and recognition.


You will have access to leading international experts in the field and some of the latest research methods.


You will study alongside colleagues from a range of related professions and disciplines.


You may select optional courses which best suit your interests and which draw on expertise across the University of Edinburgh.


You will participate in site-based learning, taking advantage of Scotland’s rich natural heritage and resources.

How to apply & entry requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • See detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder 
  • Get information on what to expect after you apply 
  • Find out about study modes, start dates and fees 
  • Find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal 
  • Find out where to go for further advice and guidance.

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