Reasons to choose the 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 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.


We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of Covid-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2020.

We anticipate that this degree will be available again for entry in September 2021, but we are not currently in the position to confirm that.  Applications for the next intake usually open in October.


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, and guide more effective environmental interventions.

What you will study 

The programme is structured around four compulsory courses and three option courses, drawing on expertise across the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and the wider University of Edinburgh.

Compulsory courses:

  • Landscape and Wellbeing: Theoretical Foundations
  • Landscape Design for Health and Wellbeing
  • Landscape and Wellbeing: Research Strategies & Methods
  • Dissertation

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 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.


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, human geography, horticulture and ecology. It may also prepare you for doctoral-level research.

Alumni profiles


Prof Catharine Ward Thompson

Professor of Landscape Architecture

Director, OPENspace research centre


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5827

Facilities and resources

We have model workshops in both the Hunter Building and Minto House. Here you can work with machinery and hand tools for the cutting, shaping, and general fabrication of woods and metals.

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 2 March 2020
  • Value: £9,500
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086