Postgraduate study

Cultural Landscapes MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Cultural Landscapes

This programme is intended for students who seek training in the theory, history and research 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 theory and research practice.

The programme will provide you with a strong theoretical and methodological framework for studying historic and contemporary cultural landscapes. Through a combination of coursework, fieldwork projects and supervised project/dissertation research, you will acquire a breadth of theoretical understanding and rigorous research practices.

The programme is transdisciplinary in its approach, taking into account theories and approaches drawn primarily from visual and material culture studies, cultural geography, anthropology, architectural theory, literature, contemporary art theory and public art practice.

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 each year.

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 cultural 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 programme is designed to provide the necessary preparation for a doctoral degree, or enhance your theoretical knowledge of cultural landscapes for a professional career outside academia.

It can provide you with the required skills and qualifications to find employment in the public, voluntary and private sectors related to cultural landscapes studies – for example, in areas of heritage, conservation, public art curation, arts and cultural management and landscape research. It can also deepen historical, theoretical and methodological engagement with landscape for those with established site-specific and public art practices.

Conducting postgraduate work in ECA fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Your personal statement should address the following questions:

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

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

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AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScCultural Landscapes1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Postgraduate Admissions Office
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 57 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JU

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.

You must submit one reference with your application.

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Further information

  • Postgraduate Admissions Office
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 57 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JU