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The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is designed for graduates who wish to become professional landscape architects. The programme is accredited by the . Read more

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is designed for graduates who wish to become professional landscape architects. The programme is accredited by the Landscape Institute, offering a 2-year 'graduate entry' route for candidates from diverse backgrounds, professions and educations.

The MLA programme has a focus on design excellence, with landscape architecture projects exploring issues of cities, society and the environment. Students develop skills and knowledge in: design, history, theory, professional practice, technology, ecology, sustainability, horticulture, drawing and digital representation.

Facilities

Through your studies, you will engage fully with the digital and workshop facilities of the new Stockwell Street building in Greenwich. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with the 14 green roofs at Stockwell Street and the resources of the adjacent Royal Park in Greenwich. Examples of student work can be found on our blog, http://www.thelandscape.org.

Student backgrounds

Applicants include graduates from architecture, design, art, geography, sociology, ecology and many other disciplines. The programme attracts many applicants who are changing career or further focusing their career in the profession of Landscape Architecture.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Introduce to and advance students through the design, technical, professional, and theoretical skills of Landscape Architecture practice
  • Encourage an environment of innovation and creativity in the development of exceptional landscape architecture projects
  • Establish social, ecological and design processes as a fundamental aspect of landscape architecture

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Assessments include a design portfolio, technical reports, professional reports, theory essays, and a thesis.

Professional recognition

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programme is part of a Landscape Instituteaccredited route to becoming a fully-qualified Chartered Landscape Architect.

Careers

London is home to many leading international landscape architecture firms. Recent graduates from the University of Greenwich have successfully gained employment in the public and private sectors in London, the UK and worldwide. Many have designed and worked on extraordinary landscape projects such as the London Olympic Park, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and the Eden Project. Other graduates, such as Marti Franch, have established international award winning design studios.

Specialised equipment

Facilities include design studios, a model workshop, digital workshops and green roofs.



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This postgraduate programme is designed for individuals interested in becoming professional Landscape Architects. Read more

This postgraduate programme is designed for individuals interested in becoming professional Landscape Architects. Graduates from the programme, which is recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute, have joined some of London's leading landscape practices, have founded award-winning international design studios and have led strategic urban design projects like the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The core component of the MA Landscape Architecture programme is the design studio where students engage with landscape, urbanism, agriculture and infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad. With a team of academics and practitioners the students develop their design projects through tutorials and design reviews. They are supported to develop innovative and distinct approaches to landscape architecture, reflected in their final design project and dissertation thesis. Teaching is informed by comprehensive technical and theoretical seminars and guest lectures from international artists, designers and academics. Details of international events, open lectures and student events can be found at thelandscape.org.

Accreditation

Direct entry to the Master's degree in landscape architecture requires a design portfolio as well as completion of either the postgraduate certificate in landscape design or a Bachelor's degree with honours in landscape architecture. The MA is part of a Landscape Institute accredited route to becoming a professional landscape architect.

Outcomes

The aims of the MA Landscape Architecture programme are to:

  • Act as part of a professionally accredited set of programmes, for students wishing to become Landscape Architects, leading from the Certificate Landscape Design or BA Hons Landscape Architecture
  • Establish social, ecological and design processes as a fundamental aspect of landscape architecture
  • Encourage design experimentation leading to advanced and exceptional forms of designed landscape.

Facilities

The Department is based in a new state of the art building designed by the award winning architects Heneghan Peng; it is equipped with fourteen rooftop landscapes, cutting edge digital workshops, extensive design studios, a world-class library and two gallery spaces.

Our building is located in the heart of Greenwich, the newest addition to a suite of magnificent buildings that occupy the UNESCO World Heritage site and the location of the Greenwich Prime Meridian.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Students are assessed through design portfolio, essays, seminars and a dissertation.

Professional recognition

The MA Landscape Architecture programme is part of a Landscape Institute accredited route to becoming a fully-qualified Landscape Architect.

Careers

Opportunities are available in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Planning and Urban Design. Recent graduates have successfully gained employment in the public and private sectors in the UK and worldwide. Many have continued to design and work on leading landscape projects such as the London Olympic Park, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and the Eden Project.



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In the urbanised landscape we inhabit, every part has been designed or at least influenced by human beings. Take a broad view or look in detail and you will see a complex living organism that is the canvas for landscape architecture. Read more

In the urbanised landscape we inhabit, every part has been designed or at least influenced by human beings. Take a broad view or look in detail and you will see a complex living organism that is the canvas for landscape architecture.

On this course, you will explore techniques which will help you become a creative and reflective designer, primed to start a rewarding career as a chartered landscape architect.

We are experts in landscape architecture - our teaching experience spans more than 50 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 towards your career aspirations. Through live projects and competitions, you will be tasked with responding to the numerous environmental challenges facing today's landscape architects.

On this flexible, studio-based course, you will benefit from our multimedia studios equipped with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities, specialist workshops.

This course is accredited by the Landscape Institute. On successful completion, you will be eligible for graduate membership of the organisation.

You can see examples of student work on our School of Art, Architecture and Design website.

We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of landscape architecture at Leeds Beckett University. Find out more on the Landscape at 50 website.

INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage Find out more about our course and the opportunities available to you as a landscape architect on the Be a Landscape Architect website.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

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.

PG Dip

Core modules:

  • Landscape & Urban Design Studios
  • Contemporary Landscape Architecture Theory & Practice
  • Advanced Landscape Architecture Project

MA

Core modules:

  • Landscape Architecture Studies
  • Landscape & Urban Design Studios
  • Contemporary Landscape Architecture Theory & Practice
  • Advanced Landscape Architecture Project
  • Personal Focus Portfolio

Job prospects

Our long-standing links with industry keep us up to date with the latest job vacancies. Our graduates have forged careers in private design consultancies, local government agencies and environmental organisations in the UK and overseas. 

  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Technician
  • Urban Designer


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Overview. 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. Read more

Overview

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).

Accreditation

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.

Careers

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.



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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. Read more

Overview

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.

If you would like to find out more about our postgraduate courses please see here: http://www.writtle.ac.uk/Postgraduate-Courses

Accredited

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

Core Modules in Year One

Semester One:
* Theories of Landscape
* Landscape Ecology
* Advanced Design Studio (Urban Territory Project)
* (Option) 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 and Options (e.g. Landscape and Environmental Assessment, Landscape Resource Management, Special topics (specific project/research interest area)

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.

Careers

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 College degrees are awarded by the University of Essex.

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The Landscape Architecture Studies MA will educate you in the knowledge and values of landscape architecture and its interface with planning and architecture. Read more
The Landscape Architecture Studies MA will educate you in the knowledge and values of landscape architecture and its interface with planning and architecture. You will develop a practical understanding of the theories, methods and techniques that are applied to landscape architecture, with much of what you learn applicable worldwide.

Through studying this course you will learn how to demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of landscape architecture and its interface with planning and architecture. This includes the design and planning of both urban and rural landscapes with the potential to study landscape projects in a range of country contexts.

We will work with you to expand on your ability to think critically about the design of place and space. You will develop advanced skills so that you can deal with complex aspects of landscape design and planning in a creative and innovative way.

You will develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the way landscape has been conceptualised and theorised at different times and in different places, informed by relevant research findings and relevant practice. You will consider this historical context with changes in the environment and the impact this will have on landscape architecture in the future.

The studio based design projects offer an opportunity for you to refine your design skills. The practical skills you will develop include being able to creatively respond to complex architectural briefs and generating design proposals. You will be able to evaluate the materials, process and techniques that apply to landscape architectural projects and integrate these into your proposals.

On graduation you will be equipped for advanced practice in landscape-related disciplines. The Landscape Architecture Studies MA is ideal if you want to further your education, develop your career, or prepare for further specialised study. Through the course you will develop advanced transferrable skills in literacy, design and communication.

The course can also open up some career paths outside of landscape architecture, such as landscape conservation and garden design history.

Delivery

The course is taught and based on the Newcastle campus. The course runs across two taught semesters with the summer months taken up with a final thesis design project.

You will participate in a significant amount of work with your tutor and the other students. The style of teaching depends on the modules selected and includes:
-Design studio teaching
-Lectures
-Guided reading
-Seminars
-Project work
-Site visits

You will be assessed by multiple choice exams and coursework, including essays, individual and group studio projects, response diaries and your final major thesis.

Facilities

The course is based in a dedicated taught postgraduate Design Studio building. The School's Workshop is nearby. Dedicated School desktop computers and large and small format printers are also available. Most spaces in the School are Wi-Fi enabled.

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Course description. 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. Read more

Course description

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.

Core modules

  • Design 1, 2 and 3
  • Theory and Research
  • Environment and Technology 1 and 2
  • Management and Practice 1 and 2
  • Urban Landscape Planning
  • Professional Practice, Law and Contracts
  • Design Research Study
  • Live Projects
  • Design Report
  • Special Project

Teaching and assessment

Our design teaching is studio based with several research-led options. Programmes run by specialist staff link together lectures, studio work and research.

Each module is assessed individually, either by formal written examination or by coursework.

Visit the School of Architecture's webpages here https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/architecture



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About the course. The taught part of the course – from autumn of year one to summer of year two – leads to the Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture, which is the professionally accredited qualification. Read more

About the course

The taught part of the course – from autumn of year one to summer of year two – leads to the Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture, which is the professionally accredited qualification. You can then continue over the summer period of your second year to complete a dissertation, leading to the award of MA.

The Special Project helps you develop your professional competence. You may specialise in design, planning or management. With guidance from a member of staff, you’ll work on a landscape architecture solution for a real-world site. You choose the site – it could be in Sheffield or in your home town, even if your home town is in another country. The work is presented in an end-of-year exhibition.

Your career

Our graduates work all over the world,

in private practice and for public organisations. Some work for councils

and national parks or for wildlife trusts. Others go into conservation and forestry.

Our graduates also work in administration and policy making for organisations such

as Natural England and DEFRA.

A world-leading department

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us the best landscape department in the UK. World-leading research informs our masters courses. You’ll be taught by leading experts such as Catherine Dee, Anna Jorgensen, Nigel Dunnett, and Olympic meadows co-designer James Hitchmough.

We offer taught courses including design, management, planning, and the ecological, social and cultural aspects of landscape. Our Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects.

A creative environment

Each year-group has access to a studio. You’ll use the latest technology, just as you would in practice. Our computer suites are equipped with CAD and digital imaging and publishing software, and A4–A0 colour printing facilities.

We’re based in the Arts Tower, an iconic, Grade II* listed building that has just had a £25 million refurbishment. Our studios are equipped with wireless and digital projection facilities, portfolio and locker space and you have your own kitchen and common room.

In the UK’s greenest city

Sheffield is an exciting place to be a landscape student. It’s England’s fourth largest city and also its greenest in terms of public open space and tree cover. The many urban parks and extensive green infrastructure provide inspiration for much of our project work.

Core modules

  • Landscape Architecture: nature, design, and people
  • Urban Ecological Design and Management
  • Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Urbanism and Design
  • Introduction to Landscape Research
  • Research Proposal and Dissertation Preparation
  • Landscape Research Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

Choose two from:

  • Urban Landscape Planning
  • Rural Landscape Planning
  • Urban Design Project
  • Landscape Design and Art Practice
  • Greenspace Maintenance
  • Greenspace Management

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, critical feedback sessions, site visits and practicals. You’re assessed on coursework assignments, dissertation, oral presentation and examination.



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The MSc Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism encourages students to develop advanced and speculative approaches to the design of cities, landscape and territories. Read more

The MSc Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism encourages students to develop advanced and speculative approaches to the design of cities, landscape and territories. It promotes strong design methods and the integration of new and innovative technologies to address the challenges facing contemporary cities, such as urban growth, climate change, globalisation and social inequality. The programme is designed for students of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and related disciplines, who wish to enhance their academic, intellectual and professional skills.

The programme interrogates the growing influence of landscape on urban, social and ecological processes. It provides a platform from which to address the conditions of contemporary urbanism, such as extreme environmental events, shifting economic agendas, new forms of public space and the transformations to urban infrastructures. And it employs advanced design techniques and innovative methodologies to develop speculative designs, strategies and interventions.

The programme centres on the design studio, where students are introduced to innovative approaches in landscape architecture and encouraged to develop design speculations for future landscapes and cities. Visits to London's art galleries (such as Tate Modern, ICA), museums (such as British Museum) and important landscapes (such as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Kew Gardens, Royal Park Greenwich) are part of the degree. Students are encouraged to attend field-study courses abroad (recently to New York and Istanbul) which inform their design projects.

International lectures are hosted in the department, recently including Alberto Perez-Gomez, James Corner (Field Operations), Will Alsop (All Design), Charles Jencks, Martin Rein-Cano (Topotek 1), Hanif Kara and Kathryn Gustafson (GP+B). Details of international events, open lectures and examples of student portfolios can be found on the collective blog written by the landscape architecture and urbanism staff and students, The Landscape 

The programme is based in the Department of Architecture and Landscape in a new state of the art building designed. It is equipped with fourteen green roofs, aquaponics lab, digital workshops, model workshop, photography suite, film studios and animation suites. The building also includes extensive design studios, a world-class library and two gallery spaces. The building is located in the heart of Greenwich, the newest addition to a suite of magnificent buildings that occupy the UNESCO World Heritage site and the location of the Greenwich Prime Meridian.

This programme is designed for those aiming to develop advanced design skills, for use in landscape, architecture and urban design practice, and for those aiming to enhance their academic skills and/or go on to doctoral study.

Assessment

Students are assessed through coursework, thesis and design portfolio.

Careers

This programme is designed for applicants aiming to develop advanced design skills, for use in landscape,architecture and urban design practice, and for individuals aiming to enhance their academic skills and/or go on to doctoral study.



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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. . Read more

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.

Download our yearbook to view examples of our students' work.



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Develop and refine vital skills and experience, to establish a long-term career in an exciting profession. The world of landscape architecture encompasses many skills and environments. Read more

Develop and refine vital skills and experience, to establish a long-term career in an exciting profession.

The world of landscape architecture encompasses many skills and environments. On this course, you will benefit from professional links to industry, an emphasis on sustainability, a wide range of client projects and proactive teaching staff with extensive professional practice experience. As a result, you will acquire the high level of knowledge and professionalism required to build a rewarding career, skilfully tackling 21st-century issues – from sustainability to changes in government policy.

With proximity to cities and rich English landscapes, you will be exposed to the breadth of landscape practice. Landscape architecture is an alchemy of global topics and specific local conditions, and you will develop your skills in this context. The emphasis on both practical and academic aspects of the profession ensures that you will leave with the confidence and insight to go straight into employment and forge a successful career.

Modules:

  • Landscape Professional Practice
  • Landscape Planning Studio
  • Landscape Design Studio
  • Urban Futures
  • Research Methods in Design
  • Applied Ecology and Conservation (Option)
  • Geographical Information Systems (Option)

Study style

Learning takes place in a studio-based environment, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and student-led research. Teaching techniques combine the practice and philosophy of landscape architecture with a focus on innovation, creativity, personal development, expression, professionalism and sustainability.

Our landscape study community comprises a blend of UK, European and International students, which provides a rich mix of geographic, environmental, social and cultural influences, and further enriches the learning experience.

All work is assessed via coursework, which is a mix of written and illustrated reports.

A tradition of excellence, accredited by the industry

Learn on the UK's longest running landscape architechture course. This Master's Degree is fully accredited by the Royal Charted Landscape Institute (LI) and also has International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) recognition.

Amazing environments

Off campus, the urban environments of Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol and Bath are all nearby, and the picturesque Cotswolds and Forest of Dean are on the dorrstep. The stunning gardens of Hidcote, Rousham, Stowe and Blenheim Palace are located within the region. On campus, our exceptional facilities include dedicated studios and computer suites.

Access to industry

Benefit from our well-established industry connections that will put you on a pathway for a rewarding career, whether in the public or private sectors, or running your own business. You will work on live briefs for real clients, putting your skills into practice from day one.

Careers

This course equips students with the skills to take on the wide range of careers offered by an exciting industry and influential profession.

Landscape architects play a role in shaping everything from national parks and city layouts, to World Heritage Sites and school playgrounds. Career opportunities include working as a landscape architect in private practice or in public and charity sectors, as well as in landscape planning, project management and garden design.



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This is a two-year programme offered jointly by five of Europe's leading landscape architecture institutions. Read more

This is a two-year programme offered jointly by five of Europe's leading landscape architecture institutions: Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA); Akademie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam; Leibniz Universität, Hannover; Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage (ENSP), Versailles; and Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB).

The programme offers you a unique educational experience and an opportunity to design your landscape architecture training to fit your aspirations, interests and skills.

You will be immersed in very different European cultural and pedagogical environments, greatly enriching your perspective and development as a designer.

The five partners approach the technical, aesthetic and ecological issues of landscape architecture in very different ways, at scales ranging from the urban site to the rural region. You will therefore experience a wide range of landscapes, methods, and skills, establish links to private- and public-sector employers across Europe, and be exposed to the daily life and culture of some of Europe's most diverse and exciting cities and regions.

Programme structure

The programme is based on the principle of student mobility. You will study for two semesters in Edinburgh and choose two of the partner institutions to study at for one semester each.

Courses include design studios, seminars, and lectures, which vary with the institution and semester. All students convene for a summer workshop run by one EMiLA partner on a rotating basis. These workshops are designed to be substantive and fun, and to stimulate thinking about the future challenges the landscape architecture profession will face.

The programme has been reviewed by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and currently has ‘Candidate Accreditation’ status with the Landscape Institute.

Career opportunities

Graduates of landscape architecture programmes at the University of Edinburgh have outstanding employability prospects.



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This programme is professionally accredited by the Landscape Institute and provides you with professionally focused landscape architectural skills. Read more

This programme is professionally accredited by the Landscape Institute and provides you with professionally focused landscape architectural skills.

We offer the only professional, degree-level programmes in landscape architecture in Scotland and they are some of the best delivered worldwide.

This programme focuses on landscape architectural design and is taught by a range of project types and contexts, concerned with building a sustainable future for the landscape we inhabit.

Landscape architecture is a discipline that focuses on intervention in the landscape through the activities of design, planning and management. Landscape is defined as outdoor spaces, environments and relationships between people and places. Landscape Architecture is concerned with landscapes of all types, both urban and rural and at all scales from the garden to the region. It is distinguished by its position at the interface of art and design and the physical, natural and social sciences.

The programme benefits from the studio-based learning typical of an art college environment. Contextual subjects are delivered from within Landscape Architecture and from the wider University community. Uniquely, plants and horticulture are taught at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The programme therefore benefits from the intimate small scale nature of ECA and the wider worldwide reputation of the University and RBGE.

Edinburgh itself is a unique and exciting centre for study, with many of the issues at the heart of the profession on hand. Within a short distance, the relatively undeveloped areas of the Scottish Highlands and the Borders illustrate different problems, opportunities and solutions. However, the programme is international in outlook with graduating courses currently sited in Poland, Estonia and France.

The programme has a long and excellent relationship with employers worldwide and contributes to professional practice by its links with public bodies and other agencies.

Programme structure

The programme focuses on four landscape portfolio courses, which contain a variety of design options you can choose from based on factors such as previous experience or personal interest. These are set on real sites with real issues, with differing scales and complexity, and with stakeholders actively informing the process.

The courses become increasingly complex and self-directed as the programme progresses and they are supported via aligned contextual and technological courses. The programme culminates in a major design project you select and develop with support from staff.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are hugely in demand. Currently, almost all of our graduates gain rewarding employment very soon after graduation. Some go on to study research-led degrees (PhD). Many become leaders in their field worldwide.



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We offer a flexible range of opportunities for postgraduate research. We welcome MPhil proposals in any topic related to architecture, planning, or landscape. Read more
We offer a flexible range of opportunities for postgraduate research. We welcome MPhil proposals in any topic related to architecture, planning, or landscape.

We offer supervision in the following areas.

Architectural and planning education

We conduct research into innovative teaching methods, the integration of theory and practice, and learn from related creative disciplines.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has funded research into effective skills transfer. This activity is strengthened through our involvement in the:
-European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE)
-Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)
-European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) including the Le NOTRE EU Network

Architectural science and environmental design

-Design related aspects of construction and the use of buildings
-Non-destructive testing
-Simulation
-Measurement of energy
-Environmental performance

Cities and technology

-The changing relationship between utilities, the development, planning and management of contemporary cities
-Culture and the built environment, including cultural change and transformation of the built environment

Design history and theory

-Architectural history
-Architectural theory
-Material culture

Environmental economics

-Environmental economics
-Valuation
-Benefit appraisal

Environmental management

-Our research in this area covers environmental planning, management, impact assessment, sustainability, and Local Agenda 21 issues.

Housing and community

-Social housing
-Community development

Information technology in construction

-Computer-based information search
-Retrieval systems
-Building product modelling with a philosophy of taking basic and applied research through to the end users

Landscape architecture, landscape planning, landscape design and landscape management

-Landscape architecture theory, philosophy and environmental ethics
-Sustainable landscape planning, design and management
-The history and development of the designed and cultural landscape

International urban development

-Interpreting and managing change in diverse urban contexts
-Improving the environment and quality of life in the cities of the developing world

Planning processes and policy

-Contemporary policy and practice issues in planning
-Development and urban regeneration, in the context of theoretical developments and European experiences

Spatial analysis

-Spatial change
-Spatial statistics
-The use of GIS

Urban design

-City design and development
-Design control
-Urban public space
-Public art in cities
-Meaning in the built environment
-Conservation
-Urban regeneration
-Urban design

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Build upon your existing skills within a highly professional environment, on a course recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects and the Landscape Institute. Read more

Build upon your existing skills within a highly professional environment, on a course recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects and the Landscape Institute.

Sustainable architecture design benefits from the creative contribution of people with a range of skills and backgrounds. This course allows graduates from different backgrounds to gain the skills required to build a rewarding career in landscape architecture. Through live projects you will engage with keys areas, such as master-planning, environmental assessment, public consultation and design.

You will actively acquire the practical skills and knowledge that underpin the landscape architecture industry in the 21st century. Studying philosophical aspects of the discipline, exploring influential landscapes and working on live private and public sector briefs will increase your confidence and expertise. With a long-standing reputation and excellent links to industry and professional bodies -plus a strong emphasis on sustainability - this course provides an excellent foundation upon which to build a dynamic career.

Modules

  • Design Projects 1
  • Professional Practice: Digital Communication 1
  • Cultural Context: Landscape Urbanism
  • Cultural Context
  • Sustainable Technology 2

Study style

All work is assessed via coursework, which is a mix of written and illustrated reports, essays and design-based projects.

International Industry Recognition

This course is recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), a mark of its quality.

Access this dynamic and exciting profession

This course welcomes graduates from different backgrounds, such as architecture, environmental management and geography. These students are enabled to adapt their exciting skills and require new knowledge, so they can establish long-term careers in this exciting profession.

Work on real sites, for real clients

This course has a strong vocational focus and students benefit from our well-established industry connections by working on real projects, for real clients putting your new knowledge and skills into practice.

Careers

Landscape architecture offers a wide range of exciting careers in the private, public and charity sectors. As a multiskilled graduate, career opportunities include working as a landscape architect in private practice or in public and charity sectors, as well as working in landscape planning, project management and garden design.



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