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Landscape Architecture, Master of (MLA)

The Master of Landscape Architecture focuses on the theories, methods and practice of landscape architecture. It equips you for practice in a landscape-related discipline.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


Landscape architects create and manage the landscapes we live and work in. They plan and design places. This ranges from the private garden to the urban square and the city region.

The Master of Landscape Architecture is a two-year full-time postgraduate conversion course. It's suitable for:

  • graduates in other disciplines who wish to qualify and work as professional landscape architects
  • those with international landscape qualifications who wish to pursue professional studies in the UK

Whether or not you have a background in design, you'll develop the skills needed for contemporary practice.

You'll gain a practical understanding of the theories, methods and techniques employed in landscape architecture. Most of what you learn is applicable worldwide.

The Master of Landscape Architecture has candidate accreditation from the Landscape Institute (LI). We are applying for full LI Accreditation status upon graduation of the first cohort.


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What you'll learn

The Landscape Architecture course is organised around a core of design studios. You'll acquire specialist knowledge in such areas as:

  • site-planning
  • land modelling
  • landscape construction
  • planting design
  • visualisation

You’ll learn a number of design and presentation skills. The course is intellectually stimulating and looks at history and design theory. You'll also cover pressing contemporary issues, such as:

  • the climate crisis
  • social justice
  • rapid urbanisation

After completing the Master of Landscape Architecture, you’ll:

  • be able to demonstrate advanced understanding and critical thinking about landscape architecture as a form of action concerned with creating and managing space and place
  • gain an understanding of the complexities of landscape issues and problems and be able to integrate knowledge and skills from different areas of the curriculum
  • acquire 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
  • gain insight into the philosophies, ideologies and critical positions which underpin different approaches to landscape


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

You’ll develop a number of skills during the Master of Landscape Architecture, including:

  • defining and critically analysing problems effectively and appropriately drawing on current research and knowledge
  • effectively collecting, synthesising and utilising evidence and information
  • creating effective design solutions to problems given in the form of design briefs
  • articulating reasoned arguments, drawing on a range of information sources
  • developing research skills and experience in the context of the School’s research interests


Your future

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll be based in one of the UK’s leading Schools of Architecture. We aim to provide a lively design studio culture across our professional courses making the School a thriving and creative place to be. Our well-equipped workshop includes some of the latest digital and biological manufacturing tools.

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has excellent studio teaching facilities. Our facilities include:

  • lively design studios
  • exhibition spaces
  • well-equipped workshop including the latest digital manufacturing technology
  • wet fabrication lab including 3D printers
  • molecular biology lab (one of the first in the world to be administered by a school of architecture)
  • print media suite
  • IT suites

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Nicola Rutherford
Learning and Teaching Assistant (PGT Design)
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6509


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