What’s it like to do a PhD in Landscape Architecture?
A PhD in Landscape Architecture is a research-based degree that prepares students for careers in academia, research, and advanced professional practice. Programmes emphasise theoretical and scientific inquiry, methodological rigour and critical thinking.
As a subject, Landscape Architecture encompasses the planning and design of public parks and gardens, squares, plazas, streets, and highways, as well as private gardens, landscapes, and golf courses. A landscape architect typically works with a team of engineers, architects, and planners to create a comprehensive and efficient plan for an outdoor space.
Research topics for a PhD in Landscape Architecture could include:
- Digital representations of landscapes
- Green and blue infrastructure
- History of landscape architecture
- Improving access to the outdoors
- Rewilding projects
- The effect of access to nature on wellbeing
- Urban ecology
- Urban flood defences
- Urban green spaces
You’ll receive training in a range of research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative.