Five reasons to choose the programme

We offer one of the largest and liveliest international PhD/MPhil programmes in landscape architecture.
You will have access to supervision from a range of world-class researchers, drawn from within and beyond the discipline of landscape architecture.
We support both conventional modes of study and design- and practice-based research methods.
Supervision is offered across a very wide range of themes and topics, covering a range of geographic areas, and historical and contemporary periods.
We offer the chance to undertake research that can make a major contribution to the theory and history of the discipline and to engage and inform policy and practice.


Landscape architecture, environmental planning and design contribute to a wide variety of environmental, social-behavioural and aesthetic outcomes and impacts.

Studying for a PhD or MPhil in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh will give you the opportunity to develop your specialist knowledge within this wide subject.

We offer a rare opportunity to work within a strong landscape architecture research culture that is recognised internationally and reflected in the range of collaborations with other leading researchers. Our innovative, practice-led research engages with developing agendas in the public realm, urban open space, green space networks and sustainable, healthy environments. Landscape architecture, environmental planning and design contribute to a wide variety of environmental, social-behavioural and cultural outcomes and impacts.

Areas of interest and expertise

Supervision is offered across a very wide range of research themes and topics. These span many countries, regions, historical and contemporary periods, and issues.

Areas of expertise include landscape design, planning and management practice, sustainable and resilient landscapes, environment and health studies, landscape perception and experience, inclusive landscape design, the history and theory of landscape architecture, landscape architecture conservation, cultural landscapes, and applications of digital technologies.

There are also opportunities to study landscape visualisation, digital terrain modelling, the impact of global positioning systems (GPS), digital fabrication, the application of sensor technologies, and the implications of social media, mobile communications, remote sensing and imaging, and other technologies by which people produce, assess, manage and interpret natural and built environments.

You will be given the opportunity to participate fully in University training sessions and workshops to help you develop transferable and professional skills. Support is available to help develop your teaching skills and you may also be able to contribute to undergraduate teaching within the department.


As this is a research programme, support and supervision may be provided by any of the teaching staff in the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA). You could also be supervised jointly, or by second supervision, by experts in other departments within the University of Edinburgh, including Geography, Health in Social Science, Education, Engineering, and History and Classics.

Our community of researchers is vibrant, inclusive, multi-disciplinary and international.

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

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for postgraduate study

Preparing your application

Common to all research programmes are a set of research aims, a research context, a research process and a research product/outcome. The research proposal should include reference to all of these elements. All applicants for postgraduate research programmes must submit a research proposal.

Portfolios or writing samples are also required for some research degrees.

View the Architecture and Landscape Architecture guidelines (PDF)


Dr Francisca Lima

Lecturer, Landscape Architecture

PhD Programme Director, Landscape Architecture


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5801

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

AHRC PhD Doctoral Studentships

  • Deadline: 12 noon on 3 December 2018
  • Value: Stipend of around £15,000 p/a & fees (fees only for EU students)
  • Eligibility: For research interests aligning with, or cutting across, ECA's Schools.

ECA PhD Scholarship

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years
  • Eligibility: Applications are invited for PhD research projects that take advantage of the leading research expertise across ECA.

Edinburgh College of Art PhD Interdisciplinary Scholarship

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years full-time study (pro-rata for part-time)
  • Eligibility: If wishing to commence a new programme of study in September 2019 you must ensure that you have fully completed and submitted your PhD programme application for admission using the University's online system by no later than 25th January 2019.

College Research Awards

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years
  • Eligibility: Applications are invited for PhD research projects that take advantage of the leading research expertise across ECA.

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships

  • Deadline:
  • Value: Covers the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate student and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate student
  • Eligibility: Open to overseas students commencing a PhD in any field of study.

Carnegie / Caledonian PhD Scholarships

  • Deadline:
  • Value: Covers tuition fees, a maintenance allowance and a research expenses allowance.
  • Eligibility: For graduates of a Scottish university with a first-class honours degree, or final year students of an undergraduate degree in Scotland expected to obtain a first-class honours (withdrawing if they fail to do so).


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086