Taught course

Cultural Landscapes

University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or its equivalent). If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS minimum score IELTS total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module) Other accepted tests and scores TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (at least 20 in each module) PTE(A): Total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Cultural Landscapes provides students with a strong historical and methodological framework for studying historic and contemporary cultural landscapes. Through a combination of coursework, fieldwork projects and supervised project/dissertation research, students will acquire both a breadth of historical understanding and rigorous research practices.

The MSc in Cultural Landscapes programme is transdisciplinary in its approach, taking into account histories and approaches drawn primarily from architecture and contemporary art theory and practice, but also engages with other arts based and social science disciplines, including cultural geography, the history of art, visual and material culture, literature, digital design and media, anthropology and archaeology.

It is structured around three 20-credit core-courses, “Exploring Cultural Landscapes 1: Site Specific Field Lab”, “Exploring Cultural Landscapes 2: Independent field Lab”, and “Cultural Landscapes Colloquium”, all of which seek to strengthen students” understanding of both interdisciplinary and disciplinary approaches to the field of landscape research.

The range of thematic pathways and option courses of the taught programme is determined by key areas of staff research in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and is designed to change according to course availability. The flexibility of the programme reflects the diversity of positions within the fields of architectural history and theory, making it suitable for students from a broad range of backgrounds and with a variety of interests and career objectives.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)131 650 4086