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Landscape Architecture MLA

2023-24 (also available for 2022-23)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

25 September 2023


2 years full-time

About the course

Landscape Architecture at the University of Huddersfield occupies a unique position within the School of Art, Design and Architecture. The MLA forms part of a suite of programmes in Architecture and the Built Environment, including the RIBA validated Master of Architecture, Advanced Architectural Design MA and Advanced Project Management in Construction MSc.

The course will focus on a creative design environment through the development of speculative and imaginative landscape ideas set within an ethical framework; it will combine a commitment to the arts alongside an emphasis on cutting edge technologies

Across the programme candidates are involved in a rigorous curriculum, including advanced skills and knowledge in: design, history, theory, professional practice, technology, ecology, sustainability, horticulture, drawing, digital modelling and representation. The educational aims of the programme are:

  • To provide an environment of creative and imaginative landscape architecture education;
  • To develop skills and knowledge of landscape architecture in open parks as well as cities;
  • To introduce to and advance students through the technical, professional, theoretical and design aspects of landscape architecture practice;
  • To provide students who already have a suitable degree, a foundation of Landscape Architecture education from which they can become exceptional landscape architects;
  • To form part of the requirements for students to become professional and Landscape Institute Chartered Landscape Architects;

Course detail

Landscape Design 1 Introduction to Landscape Design

The module introduces basic principles of landscape design. The module has particular focus on the relationship between people and space(s). It provides you with a vehicle to explore the process of design and to develop an understanding of its nature, components and effects.

History of Architecture and Landscape

The focus of this module will enable you to deepen your understanding of the history of landscape architecture and will provide an informed background against which your own ideas can develop and mature. The module explores the development of landscape architecture, garden and landscape design from before the Renaissance to the start of the 21st century and examines contemporary movements and practices by analysing principal characteristics, raisons d’être and the work of leading exponents. Themes and issues will be explored with reference to the work and writings of significant theorists and practitioners from a broad philosophical spectrum. You will be introduced to the specific historical/political developments in a variety of contexts, which will provide an understanding of the relationship between the climate, socio-economic, and cultural and religious factors and landscape architectural development.

Personal Development Techniques of Landscape Representation

This module asks you to think carefully about your own acquisition of design, communication and interpersonal skills and the importance of these both in terms of your own personal development and in terms of your impact upon and response to others. You will be asked to explore critical techniques of representation in order to build upon your design and visualisation skills.

Landscape Design 2 Integrated Design Project

You will extend your understanding of the relationship between contemporary landscape design theories and practice in order to facilitate a critical approach to the self-evaluation of landscape design ideas and to provide an intellectual framework in support of your independent design development. You will further develop your understanding of landscape architecture and human activity with particular emphasis upon the relationship between social and cultural trends, local ecological settings, constructional technologies and the urban context of landscape architectural design.

Landscape Technology Integrated Landscape Technology

This module is concerned with the technical resolution of your Integrated Design Project in adjacent module Landscape Design 2. It requires the production of written and illustrated technical precedent studies exploring aspects of landscape technology. You will be expected to explore contemporary technologies and, where possible examine some at the current boundaries of professional practice and the academic discipline of landscape architecture.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject
  • Alternative qualifications are/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval
  • International students with qualifications in 'creative' or ‘practice' subjects should submit a portfolio of work with their application.
  • All suitably qualified applicants are normally interviewed or considered for admittance under alternative arrangements. Interview will be by portfolio of practice based and/or theoretical work and a statement of intent.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What can I research?

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you have the opportunity to benefit and develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

Research Centres

Centre for Urban Design, Architecture, and Sustainability (CUDAS)

Innovative Design Lab (IDL)

Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture (CEADA)

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.
So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

* Percentage of our postgraduate students who go on to work and/or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2017/18, UK domiciled graduates).

96.4% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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