Landscape Architecture

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


Year 1
Design work focuses on the principles of landscape architecture including spatial concepts, exploration, function, planning and representation. You will also study techniques of drawing, IT, art practices and theories of physical geography, architectural and landscape history and landscape construction. You will study with architecture students on some courses.

Year 2
Design work becomes more focused and complex. You will take courses which focus on landscape planning and the study of urban landscapes with a particular emphasis on urban design and urban regeneration. Studio work is supported by contemporary landscape theory, applied landscape theory and technical courses covering aspects of detailed design.

Year 3
Design work focuses on complex landscape systems, with exploration of related landscape research topics.

In semester 1 you will take an option from a suite of landscape architecture courses or from the wider University.

In semester 2 you will undertake a practice working period usually in a landscape architecture practice with two associated distance learning courses.

Year 4
Design courses advance depth of exploration and resolved proposition, with focus on increasingly self-directed work. You will also complete a self-directed dissertation, via a design or research route and will compile a carefully curated academic portfolio.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (first sitting) or 4 or 5 Highers at AABB/ABBBB (two sittings) plus English and Maths or a science subject at National 5 at C.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (by end of S6) plus English and Maths or a science subject at National 5 at C. Highers at BBB must be achieved in one sitting S4-S6.

A portfolio of your work is necessary.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Edinburgh College of Art

SCQF Level



Career Area


Career Sectors


Building Technology and Management

Civil and Structural Engineering

Construction Crafts

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