Landscape Architecture at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

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What is landscape architecture? Landscape architecture is a creative discipline that operates at the forefront of major societal and environmental challenges. It strives to offer creative design strategies to help address problems such as the impacts of climate change, while promoting the sustainable use of environmental resources, including food, energy and water. Landscape architects design spatial settings for social interaction and everyday life. They play an essential role in promoting public health and social justice in society. At larger scales, landscape architects create planning strategies for:

  • urban growth
  • infrastructural and ecological networks
  • carbon reduction
  • hydrological systems
The discipline involves synthesising the various factors that converge in landscapes. This requires creative and critical ideas that work across social, ecological, environmental and material concerns. This synthetic form of discipline makes our students aware of the changing world around us. This gives them with the skills and knowledge to make positive change. Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh Our teaching staff are designers, makers and theorists who engage with both local and global landscapes. Our teachers engage in world leading research and practice that directly informs our teaching. We also employ tutors from the industry who provide valuable insights into professional practice. We have a unique relationship with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Their researchers and scientists contribute to teaching with their knowledge of plants and horticulture. How you will learn Our programme is structured in three integrated strands of teaching:
  • design
  • theory
  • techniques
This allows students to develop ideas and skills, while bringing these together in creative studios that deal with real world projects. Study abroad opportunities We currently offer exchange opportunities with renowned landscape architecture institutions in mainland Europe and Australia. You will also have the change to study on the unique European Masters in Landscape Architecture programme. A career in landscape architecture At Edinburgh we have established an international reputation for developing students of the highest quality. This makes them highly employable. A professional career in landscape architecture encompasses a range of options, from working in design offices, to working for local authorities and environmental agencies. Our graduates also possess skills that allow them to diversify career paths across a range of similar disciplinary fields. Landscape architecture is a globally established profession, offering the potential for our graduates to find work across the world. Locally, numerous landscape architecture practices can be found in any major city, meaning our graduates have the ability to find a job in a place of their choice. Work placements Our programme offers a period of work placement that allows students to experience professional life and form connections with professional practices, while testing potential career paths. You will have the opportunity to take up work placements worldwide. Choice of study routes As well as the four-year MA qualification, we also offer an alternative three-year BA programme. You can decide to choose the BA route towards the end of Year 2.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)92Total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English AdvancedTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Cambridge English ProficiencyTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE II with distinctions in all four components.
PTE Academic62Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £34800 Year 1
International £34800 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees. Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.
Landscape Architecture at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS