Our one-year MSc in Cultural Landscapes examines the relationships between people and the landscapes they inhabit. It poses crucial ethical, theoretical and practical questions about the ways landscapes are used, perceived, experienced and represented in the contemporary world.
This exciting Masters programme blends theories and practices from across a wide range of disciplines: cultural geography, visual culture, art history, cultural studies, architectural history and theory, social anthropology, interdisciplinary choreography, digital sociology, environmental humanities, environmental humanities, geoarchaeology, contemporary art, and landscape theory. You’ll discover that our approach is truly interdisciplinary.
As a student, you’ll tailor the programme by selecting one of four thematic pathways: Material Culture; Urban Landscapes; Digital Landscapes; and Landscape and Representation, giving you the opportunity to develop expertise in a specific area of interest.
How you will study
You’ll undertake a series of theoretical and practical projects at sites within Edinburgh and further afield, including Ian Hamilton Finlay’s acclaimed garden, ‘Little Sparta’.
You’ll use these sites to explore the relationships between culture, history and the environment, and they’ll also form the basis of proposals you will develop based around, for example, a public art project, an ethnographic field study, a geographical project or a textual analysis.
Drawing on the expertise of invited speakers and guest lecturers, you’ll take an active role in the development and organisation of a seminar series and colloquium exploring current theoretical debates on cultural landscape studies. Through blog posts, oral presentations and reflective reports, you’ll demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the topics we examine.
The skills you’ll gain throughout the programme will lead you towards the development of a major research project: either a dissertation based on original research on a topic of your choosing; or a proposal for a site-specific project. Whichever you select, you’ll be supported throughout by your project supervisor.