Masters degrees in Landscape Architecture provide the training and qualifications necessary to design, create and maintain exterior spaces, from national landmarks and public parks to agricultural developments and nature reserves.
These qualifications are often quite practical, with a strong vocational element and associated work experience placements. Programmes can also be research-based, focussing on the development of new methods and approaches to support practical work.
Many qualifications in these fields are professionally accredited. This means that they will entitle you to work in regulated careers.
In the UK, a Masters in Landscape Architecture should normally be recognised by the Landscape Institute in order to qualify you for professional practice. Programmes without specific accreditation will still provide useful skills and theoretical knowledge, but you should confirm that your course is suitable for your intended career path.
Your employment prospects with a Masters in Landscape Architecture are quite varied. You may end up as part of a large team for a major property developer, help support conservation and heritage management at a specific site, or be self-employed as a private contractor.
Gain exceptional landscape design skills in this studio-based program
The Master of Landscape Architecture offers you flexibility, so you can take a two-year program if you already have a three-year undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture or the three-year program if your first degree is not in landscape architecture and you are making a career change.
The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and is recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).
Upon graduation you will have completed the educational requirements for membership of AILA and may apply for graduate membership as the first step towards full professional registration.
The program undergoes regular review for quality assurance.
Completing an accredited degree means you enter the workforce with a stamp of quality on your CV. In a competitive market, an accredited degree is an assurance of quality to employers and an advantage for you. For us, it means we continually strive to improve the quality of the degree in order to retain accreditation. So, you know you are getting the most up-to-date and innovative educational experience.
In the Master of Landscape Architecture you will gain a strong grounding in ecology and urbanism. This knowledge will be complemented by in-depth study of history and theory encompassing:
You will undertake a range of core design studios supplemented by specialist landscape architecture subjects and electives from related built environment disciplines, including urban design, urban planning, architecture, property and construction.
All this will give you a well-rounded base from which to produce creative and sustainable design solutions for urban and natural environments.
The Master of Landscape Architecture will give you the knowledge and skills to help improve our built and natural environments through innovative design. You will gain:
As a qualified landscape architect you will be in demand at all levels of government, in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and in landscape architectural, planning, engineering and multidisciplinary consultancy firms.
You may also find employment with groups such as conservation agencies and land development organisations, or you may choose to set up your own landscape architectural practice.
The Professional Landscape Architecture programmes at UEL are a recent addition to the courses accredited by the Landscape Institute, the professional body for Landscape Architects within the UK.
The MA in Professional Landscape Architecture is a programme for those who hold either a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture or a Landscape Institute accredited ‘conversion’ qualification and a degree in another discipline.
At UEL, through design studio, live projects, and investigation of theory, we explore key issues in contemporary life - migration, inequality, climate change, urban growth, food security - through Landscape Architecture, employing knowledge, tools and models in use, and in development globally. We investigate our understandings of these ideas with passion and commitment; we explore the ways in which landscape, nature and place are socially, as well as physically, ‘constructed’. We seek to develop critical awareness and personal understanding of landscape, and from this, to cultivate an individual, considered approach, primarily to the design of publicly accessible places. Our teaching supports the acquisition of the skills and knowledge that we know are relevant to professional practice now, while developing personal trajectories for the future, within this broad professional field.
The MA in Professional Landscape Architecture leads directly into the Landscape Institute’s Pathway to Chartership.
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This course is a unique opportunity to qualify as both an architect and landscape architect. It is open to students with previous combined or separate degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture. The degree is awaiting prescription from the RIBA at Part 2, LI Part 3 and the ARB.
Your study focuses on a range of themed, design-based studios dedicated to specific areas of practice or research. There are compulsory modules in landscape architecture, humanities, management, building and plant sciences, and an integrated architecture and landscape architecture project.
To qualify as an architect, you’ll produce at least one comprehensive design project. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with local or regional groups on a real-life challenge through our Live Projects initiative.