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European Master in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA)

European Master in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA)

 Information about the study programme

  • General Information on the Study Programme

    International networks are becoming increasingly important for budding landscape architects. Studying abroad offers the opportunity to get to know the working methods of other universities, to discover new countries, to make international friends and to build up professional networks - even beyond the course of study. Many landscape architecture firms are internationally oriented and work on cross-border or international projects and competitions. This work requires special qualifications.

    Five of Europe's leading universities in the field of landscape architecture offer a joint master's programme, the "European Master in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA)". The network consists of The University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh College of Art, the École Nationale supérieure du paysage Versailles/Marseilles of the Amsterdam University of the Arts / Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, the Universitat Polytècnica de Catalunya/Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura à Barcelona and the Leibniz Universität Hannover. From 2011 to 2013, this programme was financially supported by the European Union within the framework of the "Lifelong Learning Programme".

    Every year, 5 students from this university are given the opportunity to study at a different university in the network in the 2nd and 3rd semester. The 1st semester and the master thesis in the 4th semester are completed at the home university.

    In addition to the unique opportunity to develop an individual profile by choosing the universities attended, two EMiLA modules offer special qualifications for a later professional career in an international context: An e-learning module, which is taken by EMiLA students from all five universities in the 2nd semester, offers specific knowledge of European landscape architecture. A further module is the Summer School, which takes place in the 3rd semester, where the 25 EMILA students and lecturers from the five universities meet to work together on topics of European relevance. International guests from the USA or Asia or other European countries bring new perspectives. These workshops have already taken place in Hamburg (D), on the Orkney Islands (UK), in Drenthe (NL), in Catalonia (ES), in Haute Normandy (FR), in Middle Ammerland (D) and in Edinburgh (UK).


    For questions please contact the Dean of Studies or Prof. Dr. Martin Prominski.

    Further information can also be found on the joint EMiLA network website at .

  • Course of Studies
  • Qualification and Degree

    The curriculum qualifies graduates in particular for international professional fields in the field of landscape architecture. The association of five internationally renowned universities guarantees an outstanding education in landscape architecture. The cooperation enables the establishment of a permanent Europe-wide network, also far beyond the study programme.

    What all the universities have in common is their focus on landscape architectural design. Project work is the focus of the course, and EMiLA students can benefit from the strengths of the individual universities. Leibniz Universität Hannover works at the interface of research and design in its design projects and teaching. The projects and modules of the École Nationale supérieure du paysage Versailles/Marseille work on bringing out the specificity of the site with a particular strength in the area of representational realisation. The University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh College of Art establishes a close link between landscape architecture and art in their training. The Amsterdam University of Arts/Amsterdam Acadey of Architecture combines teaching with a parallel professional practice of the students in the office. The Universitat Polytècnica de Catalunya/Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura à Barcelona/Escola Superior d'Agricultura de Barcelona has a long experience in the design of public urban open space.

    The curriculum, which has been coordinated between the universities, is embedded at Leibniz Universität Hannover as a specialisation in the existing Master's programme in Landscape Architecture. The degree certificate for the M.Sc. Landscape Architecture additionally shows the specialisation "European Master in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA)".

  • Application and Admission

    The application for EMiLA is submitted together with the application for the M.Sc. in Landscape Architecture. Interested students must write the entire letter of motivation in English and explain the specific talents and interests that make them particularly suitable for the specialisation. Interested parties must make it clear whether they wish to study EMiLA only or whether they wish to be considered for the M.Sc. in Landscape Architecture if they are not considered for EMiLA. Notification of the success of the EMiLA application will be given at the same time as the notification for the Master of Landscape Architecture.

    In addition, paragraph (2) of the letter of motivation should state at which two universities of the EMiLA network the applicant wishes to study (first and second wish). The admissions committee decides on the selection and order of the universities visited.

    In addition to the written application, applicants for the specialisation EMiLA must submit a CD with pdf files of all application documents (max. size per file 4MB).

  • Language Skills

    The University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh College of Art and the Amsterdam University of Arts / Amsterdam Academy of Architecture teach in English. The École nationale supérieure du paysage Versailles / Marseille, the Universitat Polytècnia de Catalunya / Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura à Barcelona / Escola Superior d'Agricultura de Barcelona and the Leibniz Universität Hannover teach in their respective languages. The language of the two joint EMiLA modules is English.

    A prerequisite for access to the international specialisation EMiLA is that interested parties must be able to prove English language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the time of application. Candidates wishing to study in Versailles and/or Barcelona must provide proof of at least level A2 in French and/or Spanish at the time of application. Until the start of studies in the respective country, proof of language level B1 (French) or B2 (Spanish) must be provided for the required languages. The same applies to the languages of the study locations possibly mentioned as alternatives. These proofs have to be enclosed with the application. Irrespective of this, the requirements for German language skills as defined in the Admission Regulations apply to applicants from abroad.

  • Funding

    ERASMUS+ and PROMOS scholarships offer funding opportunities for stays abroad in the 2nd and 3rd semester. EMiLA students will be given preferential treatment when the Erasmus+ scholarships are awarded. Applicants must apply for these scholarships immediately after the start of their studies in Hannover, with support from the relevant LUH institutions. Information on individual support is available from the International Relations Office of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences and the International Office of Leibniz Universität Hannover.



  • FAQ: Studying EMiLA in Hanover

    Thank you for your interest in the EMiLA programme of studies! Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions concerning EMiLA in Hannover, both for future home and guest students. Please read it carefully. This document does not replace or influence the respective regulations, as e.g. admission or examination regulations.

    If you should not find the answer you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact Persons

The programme coordinators are there to help you with advice and assistance in planning and designing your studies.

Dipl.-Ing. Sonja Nollenberg
Programme Coordinator
Herrenhäuser Str. 2a
30419 Hannover
Herrenhäuser Str. 2a
30419 Hannover
Susana Dänzer Barbosa, M.A.
Programme Coordinator