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MA Landscape Architecture

Writtle University College
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1-2 years
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MA Landscape Architecture

This course is designed to increase the student's professional skills in the theoretical and practical aspects of landscape architecture so providing access to a range of employment opportunities including chartership of the Landscape Institute. Subjects are explored through contemporary urban and rural landscape design with a focus on ecological approaches.

MA Postgraduate design courses propose a new emphasis and direction for the Master's degrees based on an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and understanding. The MA Landscape Architecture follows a sequence of related theory and design projects leading to a grounded and innovative way to comprehend and find meaning in the places we live and work. Students develop advanced theoretical and applied constructs in landscape architecture, garden and environmental design.

As a studio-based design course, Landscape Architecture and Garden Design are taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. The course promotes thinking in terms of place and identity, physical and phenomenal relationships at scales from the local to the regional. social and ecological systems and informs the design process in terms of function, context, meaning and form. The structure and curriculum benefit from a Professional Advisory Board from leading practitioners and is accredited by the Landscape Institute.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Candidates from the United Kingdom higher education sector will normally hold a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in the fields of architecture, geography, environmental studies, art, interior design or history .

Prospective students with a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in another discipline but with significant work experience in landscape architecture or related areas will also be considered for entrance on the masters' programme.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Graduates will gain the intellectual, organisational, communication and technical skills and tools needed in a profession that must understand and design landscapes through social, cultural, ecological and economic implications of sites, communities and regions .

Training Course Content

Semester One

  • Urban Territory Studio
  • Research Methods
  • Theories and Philosophies of Landscape
  • Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Services
  • Selecting Plants for the Designed Landscape

Semester Two

  • Advanced Landscape Architecture Design Studio
  • Designed Landscape Management
  • Professional Practice
  • Selecting Plants for the Designed Landscape
  • Special Topics (Postgraduate Independent Study)

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2021 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted


Home Students


  • £8,340


  • Year 1 - £4170
  • Year 2 - £4170*

International Students (Including EU students)


  • £13,510

Continuing Studies

Career Prospects

Career possibilities for graduates include working for national and international landscape architectural practices, in planning, urban design or garden design practices, and working for borough and county councils, community-led outreach work and teaching in the fields of landscape design.

Since the Masters course is accredited by the Landscape Institute many students continue their career path by gaining chartership in the profession of Landscape Architecture .

Writtle University College offers doctoral studies for those who wish to further their academic studies. A PhD is awarded for research that takes the equivalent of 3 years full-time study and students join a thriving and enthusiastic graduate community.

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Writtle University College

Writtle University College offers a range of land-based, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships. We also provide students with the options of being able to study certain...

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Writtle University College, Lordship Road
CM1 3RR Chelmsford Essex

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