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:
- land modelling
- landscape construction
- planting design
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
You’ll be taught using a range of methods, including:
- online and in-person lectures
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Design or creative project
- Practical lab report
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
The Degree Programme Director is Dr Ian Thompson.
Ian is a professionally qualified landscape architect with a background in philosophy and an interest in landscape architecture theory and the history of the designed landscape. He also holds an MA in photography (with Distinction) from the University of Sunderland.
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
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Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
You'll be part of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. You'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities during your time at Newcastle.
Find out more about the School facilities, including virtual tours of some teaching spaces.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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