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University of Gloucestershire
Postgraduate research

Architecture, Construction and Environment

MSc by Research

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Course length
2 Years
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Course overview

A Landscape Architecture research degree offers you the opportunity to explore innovative practice as research through the production of an original body of work. You’ll develop your practice from a coherent research process, demonstrating a critical appreciation of the context of landscape and urban design.

You’ll draw upon and extend existing literature and practices, and show that your research makes an original contribution to knowledge. Alternatively, your work could be wholly historical or theoretical and be presented as a written thesis.

For some candidates PhD research enables them to progress their career by enabling their research to develop, and by establishing their research capabilities and credentials. The final outcome/product can be submitted for exhibition, publication or to other appropriate contexts. For others, the PhD represents an opportunity to commit to an interest that is both personally meaningful, and contributes to the wider discipline as well as resulting in a high-level qualification.

Study style

Researchers have the opportunity to study, discuss or exhibit their work, engaging with colleagues from a range of areas via seminars, symposia and conferences both on-line and off-line. You are likely to travel to meet with key figures and network in the area you wish to immerse yourself in.

Subject matter/areas recently investigated:

  • Integrating key aspects of landscape and sustainable building development with the use of environmental assessment tools
  • An enquiry into the risks, rewards and reasons for exploring intangible cultural heritage in landscape analysis and design
  • Smart Cities – the Solution to Urban Environmental Problems in China – how Landscape Architecture as a profession might inform the definition and objectives of a Smart City
  • Nature-based solutions and green infrastructure
  • Edible Green infrastructure, urban agriculture and food security
  • Urban ecosystem services
  • Urban green spaces and mental health and wellbeing
  • Ecological Landscape Design
  • Urban Rewilding
  • Climate change and landscape architecture
  • Therapeutic gardens and elderly wellbeing
  • Benefits of children’s outdoor play
  • Public space design

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Entry requirements

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

Fees and costs

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Students usually support themselves through a postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Course code Fee (UK)
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Fee (international)
Fee per year
October 2024 £5,100 £12,775
February 2025 £5,100 £12,775
October 2025 TBC TBC
February 2026 TBC TBC
October 2026 TBC TBC

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Our postgraduate research students cultivate a diverse set of skills that are highly valued in the UK and internationally, preparing them for successful careers within academia and beyond.

As a postgraduate research student at UoG, you’ll develop and refine a range of skills across research, academic practice, project management and critical analysis to equip you for your future. Whether it’s contributing to ground-breaking academic research or applying problem-solving skills in the workplace, we’ll ensure you’re ready to take on your next challenge.

This versatility opens doors to opportunities across various sectors, from education and research institutions to commercial organisations and NGOs, where you’ll have the confidence to apply your researcher skills and develop innovative solutions to meet your ambitions.

Can’t see your research area listed?

With research submitted in each of our research areas judged to be internationally excellent according to the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), our research supervisors have a broad range of specialisms across a diverse range of subjects.

Get in touch to find out how we can support your research interests by emailing

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