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MA Landscape Architecture

Course Description


The profession of landscape architecture is concerned with the quality of land use, the aesthetic and history of landform and the complex integration of social, cultural, ecological and economic systems in the built environment. It involves the analysis of environmental, cultural, historical and legal factors as well as the exploration of human needs and expression. Landscape architecture approaches elements of change and their physical and phenomenal relationships through the implementation of landscape and garden designs, landscape plans, and landscape management strategies. The profession addresses a broad range of landscapes in urban, suburban, rural and ‘wilderness’ settings. The scale of such projects varies from expressive detailed design at a site scale to master planning at community and campus scales to landscape analysis and planning at regional scales.

The interdisciplinary nature of Landscape Architecture is a rich and diverse subject drawing on the traditions of both arts and sciences. The postgraduate Landscape Architecture course and the undergraduate Landscape and Garden Design Course are accredited (candidate status) by the Landscape Institute (LI).


The postgraduate Landscape Architecture course is accredited (candidate status) by the Landscape Institute (LI) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (Europe).

Core modules in Year One

Semester One: Theories of Landscape, Landscape Ecology, Advanced Design Studio (Urban Territory Project), Research Methods in Landscape Architecture and Design, Research Colloquium.

Semester Two: Theory and History of Landscape and Garden Design, Professional Practice, Advanced Design Studio II, Options (e.g. Landscape and Environmental Assessment, Landscape Resource Management, Special topics (specific project/research interest area) and Dissertation or Design Research Project.

Work Experience

Landscape Architecture Programme internships are made available through project, research and industrial resources internal and external to the College. Visits and study tours are an important part of the course curriculum in conjunction with other design courses at Writtle University College.


Graduates have many employment possibilities with local authorities, technical and planning offices, government advisory, private sector landscape, environmental and urban design consultancies and private practice as Landscape Architects within the UK and internationally.

All Writtle University College degrees are awarded by the University of Essex.

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

(Student Profile)

Harry Watkins

398.jpg My decision to study at Writtle University College was based on a number of positive factors. Most importantly the breadth of modules offered within the course appealed to me for the variety and scope they presented. There has always been encouragement to develop strong conceptual ideas throughout my course and I have really been able to be creative with my skills and knowledge.

My immediate goal now is to work towards becoming a chartered Landscape Architect and to develop ways of practicing that embraces other disciplines, such as urban economics, anthropology and politics.

(Student Profile)

Haruka Kobayashi

2817.jpg My interest in urban regeneration led me to study Landscape Architecture so I could design for people's living environments. Writtle College seemed the appropriate place to study because of its knowledgeable lecturers, nice campus in the English countryside and the conversion course to prepare for the Masters.

(Student Profile)

Gideon Spanjar

4964.jpg My Phd was a logical step after completing my master in Landscape architecture. The excellent lecturers with a high variety of backgrounds/disciplines and with their personal touch convinced me that this was the right place for a Phd position.

Writtle helps you with exploring the subject you are interested in and attempts to unlock your full potential on this journey. The luxurious design studios, the beautiful location in the heart of agricultural land but near London, and working with the students from different disciplines are all reasons for me why I enjoyed my time here so much.

They say that doing a PhD is one of the toughest tests anyone can face in academic life and this is completely true. My Phd project entitled: ‘An ecosystem services analysis and evaluation of urban green spaces to promote human well-being in the design and planning of cities’ was challenging in several dimensions. In the beginning everything is new; the field the academic world and the work itself. The aim to develop an innovative assessment for systemic evaluating the different qualities of green infrastructure was a journey on itself. How can we improve the accessibility of green spaces for a continues growing urban society? How can we make cities more sustainable?

These questions challenged my full potential and asked for consultancy with many practitioners as well as with local communities. I learned a lot from their knowledge and experiences and it enriched my view of cities completely. Your supervisors are crucial in this process and my first supervisor Dr Peter Hobson and second Dr Saruhan Mosler provided essential guidance in this process. I will treasure the numerous long meetings I had with Peter where we discussed the research strategies and the vital value of green spaces for human health and well-being.

I have been offered an associate fellowship of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management Society which has been established by Writtle University College and Eberswalde University for sustainable Development in Germany. Thus, the research work continues and I stay connected with the inspiring Writtle Community.


Entry Requirements

Good undergraduate honours degree or equivalent qualification ideally related to landscape architecture or landscape and garden design or other design discipline.

Last Updated

15 September 2016

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