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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.

Delivery and Assessment

The most successful teaching method across the UK for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Art and Environmental Planning and Design has been this combination of design studio and classroom.

The Landscape Architecture course engages in this method of teaching by organising its professional programmes through lectures, seminars, studio and site visits as a critical combination for learning. As a studio-based design course, Landscape Architecture is taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. These modules are accompanied by study i.e. in professional practice, landscape construction, landscape assessment and environmental design.

The course promotes thinking in terms of place and identity, physical and phenomenal relationships at scales from site to region, social and ecological systems and informs the design process in terms of function, context, meaning and form.

Career Prospects

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.

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.

Professional Accreditation

This course has been accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

For more information, visit the Landscape Institute or the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) website. 

After Completion of Your Course...

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.


Visit the Landscape Architecture MA page on the Writtle University College website for more details!

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