The Landscape Architecture Studies MA will educate you in the knowledge and values of landscape architecture and its interface with planning and architecture. You will develop a practical understanding of the theories, methods and techniques that are applied to landscape architecture, with much of what you learn applicable worldwide.
Through studying this course you will learn how to demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of landscape architecture and its interface with planning and architecture. This includes the design and planning of both urban and rural landscapes with the potential to study landscape projects in a range of country contexts.
We will work with you to expand on your ability to think critically about the design of place and space. You will develop advanced skills so that you can deal with complex aspects of landscape design and planning in a creative and innovative way.
You will develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the way landscape has been conceptualised and theorised at different times and in different places, informed by relevant research findings and relevant practice. You will consider this historical context with changes in the environment and the impact this will have on landscape architecture in the future.
The studio based design projects offer an opportunity for you to refine your design skills. The practical skills you will develop include being able to creatively respond to complex architectural briefs and generating design proposals. You will be able to evaluate the materials, process and techniques that apply to landscape architectural projects and integrate these into your proposals.
On graduation you will be equipped for advanced practice in landscape-related disciplines. The Landscape Architecture Studies MA is ideal if you want to further your education, develop your career, or prepare for further specialised study. Through the course you will develop advanced transferrable skills in literacy, design and communication.
The course can also open up some career paths outside of landscape architecture, such as landscape conservation and garden design history.
The course is taught and based on the Newcastle campus. The course runs across two taught semesters with the summer months taken up with a final thesis design project.
You will participate in a significant amount of work with your tutor and the other students. The style of teaching depends on the modules selected and includes:
- design studio teaching
- guided reading
- project work
- site visits
You will be assessed by multiple choice exams and coursework, including essays, individual and group studio projects, response diaries and your final major thesis.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will then complete optional modules to a value of 50 credits from the following:
- TCP7024 Conservation and the City
- TCP8001 Planning Frameworks
- TCP8052 Urban Design Seminars
- TCP8091 Principles and Practice of Urban Design
- TCP8096 Green Infrastructure and Landscape Planning 1
- TCP8097 Issues in Landscape Planning and Sustainability 2 (Project)*
- TCP8902 The Reflexive Practitioner
- TCP8912 Conservation and the City Project #
- TCP8932 Planning for Climate Change
- TCP8921 Globalisation and Social Justice
- TCP8927 Regulatory Frameworks in developing countries
- TCP8034 Planning and Sustainability**
- TCP8044 Planning and Sustainability**
- TCP8937 Spatial Strategies
- ARC8048 Cities and Buildings: Contemporary Issues in Urban Design
- ARC8082 Research Through Design
- TCP8003 Engaging with Information Sources in Planning
- TCP8938 Cities, Security, Resilience - Introduction
- TCP8934 Cities, Security, Resilience
* If you choose this module you must study TCP8096 in Semester 1.
# If you choose this module you must study TCP7024 in Semester 2.
** You take only one of these modules, the selection of which should be discussed with the Degree Programme Director and module leader.
Depending on your background and with approval from the Degree Programme Director, you can choose to study alternative optional modules to those listed above.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Fees & Funding
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Full time: £7,200
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Full time: £16,200
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in landscape design or landscape architecture.
We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who can demonstrate a high degree of design ability and relevant work experience.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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How to Apply
You will need to supply a personal statement and a portfolio of work. They should demonstrate your design ability and a high proportion of landscape work. The portfolio should contain images from a variety of projects using a range of different media. It is important to provide some explanatory text alongside images but please keep this to a minimum.
You should submit your portfolio as one PDF document attached to your online application. Alternatively, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not accept hard copy portfolios, only electronic submissions.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course. We may invite UK applicants to attend an interview.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.