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Landscape Architecture

MA

What is Landscape Architecture MA?

You’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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.

Study style

Your learning will take 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.

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

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)

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.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in landscape architecture or landscape design (for direct entry onto the MA, or an undergraduate degree in any field of 2:2 or above for the conversion MA)

    • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview

    • A portfolio of work is essential

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £7,000 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • national parks and city layouts
  • world heritage sites
  • school playground design
  • landscape architect in private practice or in public and charity sectors
  • landscape planning
  • project management
  • garden design.

Industry links

Learn on the UK’s longest running landscape architecture 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 doorstep. 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.

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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.

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A tradition of excellence, accredited by the industry

Learn on the UK’s longest running landscape architecture 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.

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Landscape Architecture and Town and Country Planning - Graduate Prospects - The Times GUG 2021

Our Landscape Architecture and Town and Country Planning courses rank 4th in the UK for graduate prospects, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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Landscape Design - Overall Satisfaction - NSS 2020

Our Landscape Design courses rank 3rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction according to the National Student Survey 2020.

"I wish to inspire, reach, and continue to motivate future students who study with me."

“My teaching approaches include practical and research-based examples including a wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to face current environmental issues – such as climate change, urban heat island, soil sealing – allowing you to rethink your design approaches at all scales in a sustainable way.”

Alessio Russo, Academic Course Leader for Landscape Architecture

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"I was really impressed by the studio space and the studio culture."

“I spent a couple of years working for a company in London but the MA gave me the chance to continue on the pathway towards full chartership.

The course gave me time and space to hone my style – it was a chance to show people ‘this is me, this is the landscape architect I want to be’. The staff really support you, they put real effort into helping you develop and refine your style.

One of the best things was being surrounded by people of all ages and backgrounds. That diverse environment is really conducive to being creative.”

Sidonie Travers, Landscape Architecture student

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