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.