Five reasons to choose the programme

You’ll complete a professionally accredited programme in just 21 months, ready to begin the Landscape Institute’s Pathway to Chartership immediately.
You’ll draw upon the expertise of leading researchers and practitioners in Landscape Architecture.
In the past six years, our students have won the Landscape Institute’s Portfolio Prize on four occasions, and the Dissertation Prize three times.
Our flexible course structure means that you will have the opportunity to tailor a study programme to suit your own specific interests and experience.
You’ll join a programme which is international in outlook and take advantage of opportunities to undertake design courses using European or international sites.


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, you’ll join a chartered profession regulated by the Landscape Institute in the UK and recognised internationally.

Study the MLA 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, technology, cultural and natural processes, enabling you to design functional and sustainable environments with identity.

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 geography, planning or ecology.

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 design projects tutored in the studio, often on a one-to-one basis.

These site-based projects are frequently set overseas and will become increasingly complex as the programme progresses.

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 problems, opportunities and solutions for Landscape Architects.


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 practice, some choose to join local government or public bodies including Scottish Natural Heritage, National Parks or British Waterways.

How to apply and entrance 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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Alumni profiles


Elinor Scarth

Lecturer, Landscape Architecture


Facilities and resources

Welding torches, a forge, forming and shaping tools, and a 1-ton gantry crane with access to main workshop areas.

This large wood workshop hosts a huge range of machinery and hand tools for the cutting, shaping, and general fabrication of woods, as well as metals, plastics, and cardboard.

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