Postgraduate study

European Masters in Landscape Architecture European Masters

Awards: European Masters


Funding opportunities

This is a two-year, professionally accredited programme offered jointly by five of Europe’s leading landscape architecture institutions:

  • School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Akademie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam
  • Leibniz Universität, Hannover
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage (ENSP), Versailles
  • Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB)

How will I learn?

The programme offers you a unique disciplinary experience and an opportunity to plot your own, advanced route through landscape architectural education to fit your aspirations, interests and skills.

You will be immersed in very different European cultural and pedagogical environments, greatly enriching your perspective and development as a designer. The five partners approach the technical, aesthetic and ecological issues of landscape architecture in very different ways, at scales ranging from the urban site to the rural region. Through your learning experience you will engage with a wide range of landscapes, methods and skills and some of Europe’s most diverse and exciting cities and regions.


The Programme is accredited by the Landscape Institute in the United Kingdom.*

*(Revised 5 October 2020 to remove reference to programme review by the International Federation of Landscape Architects.)

The programme is based on the principle of diverse learning experiences, supported and guided by host institutions. You will study for two semesters with The University of Edinburgh and choose two of the partner institutions to study with for one semester each.


Courses include design studios, seminars, and lectures, which vary with the institution and semester.

Summer workshop

At the mid-point of the programme, all students convene for a summer workshop run by one EMiLA partner on a rotating basis. These workshops are designed to be substantive and fun, and to stimulate thinking about the future challenges the landscape architecture profession will face.

The core vision of EMiLA is to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and creativity attributes to be at the heart of European and world landscape policy. Students will work on real and complex problems, to support and enhance their professional future. This will enable graduate to meet the challenges to Landscape Architecture relating to sustainable design for the whole human environment.

Graduates of landscape architecture at the University of Edinburgh have outstanding employability prospects internationally. Our graduates are currently engaged by some of the world’s leading design offices.

An undergraduate honours degree in landscape architecture.

We will also consider your application if you have an undergraduate honours degree in architecture and a portfolio that demonstrates a strong interest in landscape architectural issues.

As part of your application you must indicate the institutions you would prefer to attend during the two semesters away from Edinburgh. Whilst we will take your preferences into consideration, we cannot guarantee that places will be available in your preferred institutions.

You must familiarise yourself with the language requirements of the partner institutions before you apply. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the language requirements of your preferred institution/s before you begin your studies.

A portfolio of work is required as part of the admissions process. This should be a digital document covering a range of work from your own academic, practice or professional background. The portfolio should demonstrate your skill level and ability to represent your own ideas as they relate to the discipline of landscape architecture.

The portfolio should be around (but is not limited to) 20 pages and should include short explanatory texts.The PDF document should use page sizes and a layout that best demonstrates the qualities of your work. The filesize should be under 60MB. *

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

(Revised 05/10/2020 to include portfolio requirements.)

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

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass 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 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.

Find out more about our language requirements:


Due to the necessity to balance student numbers between the five partner institutions and have certainty as to student numbers on the course as early as possible, you will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit if you are made a formal offer:

  • £1,500 (this contributes towards your tuition fees)

Formal offers are likely to be issued in June. You will have 21 days to make the payment if you are made a formal offer by the University of Edinburgh.

This deposit will be subtracted from your fees if you proceed with the programme and will be retained if you fail to commence the programme after accepting a formal offer.

Find out more about tuition fee deposits:

Tuition fees

Eligible students receive an Erasmus+ grant on semesters spent at partner institutions provided by the European Commission. This is paid through the University of Edinburgh and should be applied for as soon as you confirm your place on programme. This grant contributes towards the extra costs that you may encounter from studying abroad. (For 2016/17 the grant can be up to €280 to €330 a month, depending on the country you visit.)

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
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

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.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

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