Skip to main content
An architectural sketch showing a landscape from above with a colour-coding system for different areas of land Work by Tara Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla

Landscape Architecture - MA


4 years
Study abroad


If you’re creative and passionate about improving the environment for the benefit of people and nature, this programme is for you. Our aim is to help develop student’s individuality, curiosity and creativity, to produce graduates of the highest quality. 

Here at Edinburgh College of Art, you’ll join one of the most respected programmes for Landscape Architecture in the UK, as well as being highly renowned across Europe and beyond as a leading international school for landscape architecture research and teaching. 

Landscape architects play an essential role in building sustainable futures, working creatively across a diverse range of environments and scales that require strategic planning and design. Many of society’s greatest challenges are embedded in landscapes, including climate change, loss of biodiversity, social justice and environmental degradation. 

To engage these challenges you'll develop an understanding of materials, technology, cultural and ecological processes, enabling you to design sustainable environments with identity. Teaching is supported by broad range of highly experienced staff, alongside expert input from the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens.  

Our Landscape Architecture MA programme has full accreditation from the Landscape Institute, and as a landscape architect you’ll join a chartered profession regulated by the Landscape Institute. And you’ll have the unique opportunity to take part in the European Masters in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA).


At Edinburgh we have established an international reputation for developing students of the highest quality, making them highly employable within a vibrant profession.  

A professional career in landscape architecture encompasses an exciting range of options, from working in design offices, to working for local authorities and environmental agencies. Our graduates also possess transferable skills that allow them to diversify career paths across a range of allied disciplinary fields. 

Landscape architecture is a globally established profession, offering the potential for our graduates to find work across the world. Locally, numerous landscape architecture practices can be found in any major city, meaning our graduates have great scope in finding a job in a region of choice. 

MA Landscape Architecture is a four-year honours programme that is accredited by the Landscape Institute, meaning the skills and knowledge you will acquire during your studies are aligned with the requirements of the chartered body for the landscape profession in the UK. This accreditation is recognised internationally, allowing many of our students to work in the UK, Europe or further abroad. Many students find employment in exciting design offices directly from graduating.  

Our programme offers a period of work placement that allows students to experience professional life, form connections with professional practices, while testing potential career paths. You will have the opportunity to take up work placements worldwide.

Why you should choose this programme


Attracting outstanding students: our students have routinely won the UK Landscape Institute’s annual Portfolio Prize and Dissertation Prize, we also won the prestigious title of Best School at the Rosa Barba International Biennial of Landscape Architecture 2018.


Take part in EMiLA: we are the only UK institution to offer a collaborative European Masters in Landscape Architecture, accredited by the Landscape Institute.


Study abroad: you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad in your third year through the University's International Exchange Programme.


Develop practical experience: a placement semester combines distance learning with career experience, helping to prepare you for life in practice.


Access to leading researchers and practitioners: you’ll draw upon the expertise of leading researchers and practitioners in Landscape Architecture.

Widening Participation

ECA works with the University of Edinburgh Widening Participation (WP) team.

How to apply & entry requirements

If you'd like to study on an undergraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through UCAS. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to: 

  • See the structure of the programme and what you will study each year
  • See detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • Get information on what to expect after you apply
  • Find out about fees
  • Find out where to go for further advice and guidance.

Get in touch

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)131 650 3565

Facilities & resources

Meet our staff