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Landscape Architecture (MA / PG Dip)

Course Description

Explore techniques which will help you to become a creative, reflective designer and start your career as a chartered landscape architect.

We are experts in landscape architecture - our teaching experience spans more than 40 years. We also have a proven track record of helping graduates find rewarding careers.

We are dedicated to ensuring your course suits your needs, so you will be able to tailor your studies to your career aspirations. Through live projects and competitions, you will be tasked with responding to the numerous environmental challenges facing today's landscape architects.

You will benefit from our multimedia studios equipped with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities, a state-of-the-art library, specialist workshops and a Landscape Resource Centre, which features experimental gardens.

This course is accredited by the Landscape Institute and will enable you to become a graduate member of the Institute.

We offer two routes for studying our course. Firstly, if you have an undergraduate degree in a related area to landscape architecture we will give you a thorough grounding in the subject, including design processes, urban and rural landscape design and landscape technology.

You will undertake a comprehensive landscape architecture project and join specialist design studios in ecological, community and urban design as well as studying contemporary landscape theory. At the end of the course you have the option to join an advanced landscape architecture studio which when complete provides you with a fully accredited MA and eligibility for graduate membership of the UK Landscape Institute. This can take a further six months for full-time and 12 months for part-time students.

The alternative route is if you already have an undergraduate qualification in Landscape Architecture. Our course is an opportunity to enrol for a fully accredited MALA or to top-up your qualification into an MA when you have completed a postgraduate diploma. You will have the opportunity to undertake a project of your choosing, and relevant to your interests, in order to achieve this.

Find out more about our course and the opportunities available to you as a landscape architect on the Be a Landscape Architect website (http://bealandscapearchitect.com/).

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website - http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/landscapearchitecture_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Our long-standing links with industry keep us up to date with job vacancies which has helped many of our graduates find careers in private design consultancies, local government agencies and environmental organisations in the UK and overseas.

- Landscape Architect
- Landscape Technician
- Urban Designer

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Your projects are supported through lectures, specialist workshops, small group seminars and one-to-one tutorials, together with UK and overseas study visits, including Amsterdam and Bordeaux. You will benefit from our multimedia studios equipped with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities, a state-of-the-art library, specialist workshops and a Landscape Resource Centre including experimental gardens.

Our virtual studio (CAGD) provides a valuable learning environment particularly for part-time students and those studying at a distance. Our studio provides a forum for tutor support and feedback as well as opportunities for creative dialogue with colleagues. Many students choose to undertake 'live' or practice based projects working with local community organisations or for clients such as the Amsterdam planning department and you will become part of an extensive network of landscape practitioners and researchers.

Our course is fully accredited by the Landscape Institute which is the final university qualification that enables you to become a Graduate member of the Institute. A further examination is taken after working in professional practice before you become a Chartered Landscape Architect.

Core Modules

Landscape Architecture Studies
Gain the foundations to develop your knowledge, understanding and subject specific skills relating to the planning, design and stewardship of both the urban and rural outdoor environment.

Landscape & Urban Design Studios
Reflect on your recent work and learning needs selecting activities to help you enhance your professional development. Studio-based learning will be combined with lectures, seminars and fieldwork where necessary.

Contemporary Landscape Architecture Theory & Practice
Prepare for professional practice as you discover the trends and issues relevant to contemporary landscape architecture, including the scope of work, methods of approach and responsibilities of practising landscape architects.

Advanced Landscape Architecture Project
Apply key research and analysis techniques, theories, strategies and design processes to an urban or rural landscape design project of interest to you.

Personal Focus Portfolio
Compile a thorough portfolio that demonstrates your professional experience. Your portfolio will include a written reflection and your tutor will guide you as you determine its content.

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz

Dean, Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology

"We aim to provide innovation in curriculum, engagement with current industry practices and standards, and to give our students the experience of working with staff whose research has national and international reputation."

Mohammad is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology,having joined our University in June 2011 from the University of East London. A well published researcher, with over 50 refereed conference and Journal publications, his research profile includes many funded research programmes including JISC and EU FP7 projects. Mohammad’s first degree was in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He then went on to complete a PhD in the 'Design, Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Based Learning Systems' at Kingston University. In 1989 he set up one of the UK's first multimedia PC companies, 'Systems 2000'.


- Landscape Resource Centre
This amazing outdoor learning space (an equivalent to which is not often found in other universities at present) houses both mature and freshly created gardens, as well as bio-diverse wildlife habitats.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Landscape Architecture (MA / PG Dip) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lindsay Robinson

This course has literally changed my life. I've gone from being a legal consultant based in an office, to someone now putting things on the ground and making a difference to the environment and people's lives.


Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups. Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.All applications for a Scholarship must be received by the University by 31 May 2015.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online form at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pages/postgraduate-support-scheme-apply/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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