Research course

Landscape Architecture

Institution
University of Edinburgh · Landscape Architecture
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Normally a UK masters degree, or its international equivalent. We will also take any professional experience into account.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

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.

Our research profile includes the following areas:

  • Inclusive access to outdoor environments, led by the OPENspace research centre. This takes a cross-cutting approach to explore how public open space, urban parks and squares, green spaces and rural areas can contribute to quality of life. Our work includes a focus on the benefits to be gained from getting outdoors and the barriers currently experienced by different users, particularly those from disadvantaged groups.
  • Innovative, practice-led design research, especially involving collaborations with artists and designers from disciplines outside landscape architecture.
  • Environmental perception, including empirical research on the transactional nature of people’s engagement with place.
  • Landscape design and planning to support young children, teenagers, older people, and other age groups and sectors within the population.
  • The history and theory of landscape architecture, including development of the public role of the landscape architect in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Research on salutogenic environments (the health-enhancing qualities of engagement with certain types of landscape) and on discerning the mechanisms behind any links between wellbeing and the natural environment.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Office
Email
ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 651 5741