Postgraduate study

Cultural Landscapes

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Programme website: Cultural Landscapes

This programme is intended for students who seek training in the history, theory and practices associated with cultural landscapes.

It provides methodological and conceptual tools essential for contemporary research and affords the opportunity for the in-depth study of a theme that characterises contemporary landscape research and practice.

The programme 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.

It is transdisciplinary in its approach, taking into account histories and approaches drawn primarily from architecture and contemporary art theory and practice, but the programme 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.

This programme is structured around three compulsory courses, two thematic courses, one option course, and either a supervised dissertation of 15,000 words, or a 10,000-word project proposal with an associated research portfolio.

The range of thematic pathways and option courses available is determined by key areas of staff research in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and is designed to change according to course availability.

The MSc in Cultural Landscapes seeks to provide the following core learning outcomes:

  • Critical understandings of historic, contemporary as well as emerging debates and practices around the theme of landscape.
  • Advanced methodological training in cultural landscape research.
  • Acquisition of rigorous research skills and practices.
  • In-depth knowledge of a sub-field of landscape history and theory.
  • Ability to apply landscape research to multiple areas of inquiry.

This degree provides preparation for work in industries including heritage management, planning departments, and conservation policy, as well as deepening historical, theoretical and methodological engagement with landscape for those with established public and site-specific art practices. It also prepares students for doctoral-level research.

An upper second-class honours degree (or its equivalent).

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
  • Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

Applicants are asked to include two short paragraphs in their online application to answer the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in studying 'Cultural Landscapes'?
  • What do you think you will gain by studying 'Cultural Landscapes'?

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Further information

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
  • Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX