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Landscape Architecture MLA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Landscape Architecture MLA

This two-year ‘conversion course', accredited by the Landscape Institute, is aimed at graduates and professionals from disciplines including architecture, spatial design and ecology who can bring their knowledge, expertise, inquiry and creativity to the expanding field of landscape architecture. It is designed to engage with the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary landscape practice and research, as well as new opportunities for creative collaboration and co-production.

Key features

The course begins with a series of intensive workshops with expert practitioners for rapid assimilation and application of key landscape architecture skills, techniques and knowledge.

The course includes study visits and opportunities to collaborate on live projects with client and community engagement.

Summer work experience and a critical case study engage students with an immediate context of practice and the opportunity for dialogue with practitioners in relation to projects on site.

What will you study

All design projects are developed as part of a personal portfolio that can be immediately used to target employment. Projects reflect critical challenges and opportunities of contemporary landscape practice including green and blue infrastructures, resilient and adaptive strategies, detailed design of places for people, planting, biodiversity, transformation and change through time. Workshops include: model making (in the Faculty's 3D workshop), mapping, drawing, digital media, materials and construction.

Our London location, established local, European and international networks, and Landscape Interface Studio provide the focus for contemporary landscape design projects that address immediate and long-term landscape solutions for cities and their regions.


Design projects and portfolio, critical case study, professional practice report, seminar presentations, landscape manifesto, and masters project exhibition or digital publication.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

Landscape Architecture: Primer
Landscape Architecture: Portfolio
Professional Practice: Design & Making
Reading, Research and Narrative
Thesis Project

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

Interdisciplinary co-creation, collaboration and peer review.

MLA teaching is integrated with existing landscape programmes at Kingston, including PG Diploma Landscape Architecture (LI professional accreditation) and MA Landscape & Urbanism.

Fast track workshops: from the start of the course-'total immersion' approach to the key knowledge, skills and techniques of Landscape Architecture, through a carefully choreographed sequence of workshop charrettes, led by specialist practitioners.

Studio focus and 'thinking through making' in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture 3D workshop.

Guest critics from across the profession including alumni, and from across the academy.

Landscape Interface Studio live projects as current and appropriate.

Site and study visits.

Professional network introductions.

International academic network.

Free student membership of the Landscape Institute.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Landscape Architecture MLA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mark Job

"My enthusiasm for the profession of Landscape Architecture is entirely based upon my experience at Kingston University where I feel students are encouraged to explore diversity within the wider subject, pursuing their individual interests. This led to two key developments which have maintained my interest in Landscape Architecture.

Firstly, being encouraged to find areas of the subject which were of particular interest. I have now developed specialisms in river restoration and habitat creation, which have been realised through projects at Arup, for the Environment Agency.

Secondly, through gaining knowledge of the diversity of the subject, I firmly believe that Landscape Architects perform an essential role in coordinating technical information from a multitude of disciplines into a coherent whole."


Entry Requirements

Good honours degree (minimum 2.2)and/or professional experience and a qualification in a related discipline such as Architecture, Spatial Design, Engineering, Ecology, or Geography. Applications are considered initially on the basis of the information in the application forms including academic and employer references and a portfolio of evidence of personal study or a professional portfolio.

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