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The School of Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt University have launched a unique masters degree in golf course architecture. Professor Catherine Ward, head of school confirmed that, 'the School has an international reputation for landscape architecture and this prestigious new course will contribute to its profile - affirming Scotland's place at the centre of good design for golf'.

The MSc course, the first of its kind, has been developed with the European Institute of Golf Course Architects and is fully endorsed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. The aim, says the college, is to 'reconcile creative and environmentally sensitive landscapes with the professional demands of the game'.

Candidates will be expected to have a first degree in landscape architecture or a similar discipline, but applications may be considered on an individual basis from experienced golf course managers, greenkeepers or professionals with equivalent expertise.

The course is modular and flexible to allow students to concentrate on particular areas, depending on the qualifications of individual candidates. Market research carried out by theuniversity indicates that there will be no difficulty for graduates to achieve employment in the profession and that the opportunities are worldwide.

For further details, contact Margeret Dingdale, emailm.dingdale@eca.ac.uk.

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