Postgraduate study

European Masters in Landscape Architecture

Awards: European Masters

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

This is a two-year, professionally accredited programme offered jointly by five of Europe’s leading landscape architecture institutions: Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture; Akademie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam; Leibniz Universität, Hannover; Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage (ENSP), Versailles; and Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB).

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. You will therefore experience a wide range of landscapes, methods and skills, establish links to private- and public-sector employers across Europe, and be exposed to the daily life and culture of some of Europe’s most diverse and exciting cities and regions.

The programme is based on the principle of student mobility. You will study for two semesters in Edinburgh and choose two of the partner institutions to study at for one semester each.

Courses include design studios, seminars, and lectures, which vary with the institution and semester. 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 programme has been reviewed by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and currently has ‘Candidate Accreditation’ status with the Landscape Institute.

For further information on the European Masters in Landscape Architecture see the EMiLA website:

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We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
European MastersLandscape Architecture (European Masters)2 YearsFull-timeProgramme structure 2018/19

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.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

Other language requirements

You must meet the language requirements of your preferred institution/s before you begin your studies at our partner institutes. It is possible that you can achieve the required level of a second or third language at the mid-point of the degree (between years 1 and 2), however, if you are unable to meet the appropriate level you may exit the programme with a Postgraduate Certificate (commensurate with 60 credits of attainment).

  • Amsterdam: English at B2 on the CEFR scale

  • Barcelona: Spanish at level B1 on the CEFR scale

  • Hannover: German at level B1 on the CEFR scale

  • Versailles: French at B1 on the CEFR scale with an official EU certificate

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

Due to the necessity to balance student numbers between 5 partners and have certainty as to student numbers on the course as early as possible you will be required to pay a £1500 tuition fee deposit if you are made a formal offer. Formal offers are likely to be issued in June. You will have 21 days to make 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 fees and studying costs:

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.)

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • 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
Programme start date Application deadline
9 September 2019 31 May 2019

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

You must submit a reference with your application.

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

Further information

  • 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