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.
What you will study
The programme is structured around four compulsory courses and three optional courses, drawing on expertise across the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and the wider University of Edinburgh.
- Landscape and Wellbeing: Theoretical Foundations
- Landscape Design for Health and Wellbeing
- Landscape and Wellbeing: Research Strategies & Methods
The programme combines lectures, seminars and project work with student-led presentations, essays and a supervised dissertation.
You will benefit from guest lectures given by a range of professionals and experts within the international OPENspace network and from site visits to, for example, Maggie’s Centres, Forestry Commission Scotland’s Woods In and Around Towns sites, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s Community Garden and Ninewells Hospital Forest.