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Landscape Architecture - MLA



2 years


Landscape architects plan and design spaces and places. They work across a diverse range of environments, from urban to rural, and at scales ranging from the garden to the region. 

As a landscape architect graduate, you’ll be able to join a chartered profession regulated by the Landscape Institute in the UK and recognised internationally. 

Study the Master in Landscape Architecture at ECA and you’ll fast track your way to the starting point of Pathway to Chartership, the Landscape Institute’s professional exam, or its international equivalent, in just 21 months. 

Joining one of the UK’s most respected programmes, you’ll develop an understanding of materials, techniques, cultural and natural processes, and socio-ecological relationships enabling you to design functional and sustainable landscapes with identity and integrity. 

Who should study Landscape Architecture?

If you’re a recent graduate, or a professional who would like to develop a career in landscape architecture, this fast track programme is for you. 

Most likely, you’ll have a design background or be able to demonstrate some creative flair; you may have an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture or in a related subject such as architecture, design, geography, planning, ecology or fine art. 

What’s critical is that you’re passionate about improving the environment for the benefit of people and nature. 

How will you be taught?

Gaining experience and developing practical skills

You’ll work on a series of studio-based design projects supported by lectures, seminars, tutorials and site visits. 

The design studio projects will become increasingly complex as the programme progresses. 

In the second year of study these site-based projects are frequently set overseas  

A unique setting

You’ll discover that Edinburgh is a unique and exciting centre for Landscape Architecture. 

Within a short distance, the relatively undeveloped areas of the Scottish Highlands and the Borders illustrate different contexts and opportunities for Landscape Architecture theory and practice. 


When you graduate, you’ll be ready for a career in professional practice. 

Our graduates are highly sought after, and while most pursue careers in private design practice, some choose to join local government or public bodies including Scottish Natural Heritage, National Parks authorities, or charitable bodies such as Sustrans. 

Why you should choose this programme


Complete a professionally accredited programme in just 21 months, ready to begin the Landscape Institute’s Pathway to Chartership immediately.


Draw upon the expertise of leading researchers and practitioners and join a programme which has an acknowledged international reputation and a global outlook.


We are a working group of staff & students collectively re-examining our teaching & research practices in light of climate breakdown.


The flexible programme structure means that you will have the opportunity to tailor a programme of study to suit your own specific interests and experience.


Learn with others from different creative backgrounds who are committed to explore the future of design in the interrelated landscape and built environment professions.

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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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)131 650 4086

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