MA Garden Design

Writtle University College
Course summary
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Next available date: Enquire for more information - Chelmsford

Course description

MA Garden Design

2 year MA Garden Design Programme (with conversion year)

This course provides professional garden design education for graduates with a bachelor's degree with honours, other than landscape architecture/garden design who wish to become professional garden designers. If you have a degree in geography, biology, horticulture, environmental science, arts, interior architecture or architecture, you are suitable to apply to this programme. In addition, we have successful graduates who came from diverse backgrounds and varied careers, such as teachers, managers, theatre set designers, artists, scientists and many more.

1st year: Conversion course

In order to apply to this course, you should select ’Master of Landscape Architecture Programme’, as the first year is shared by conversion landscape architecture and garden design students. The curriculum is based on the necessary set of skills and knowledge that both groups share and learn together in a variety of modules ranging from planting design and ecological principles, design studios and construction. In this year you will learn spatial design principles in our design studios while also working in our campus-wide outdoor studios and glass houses.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Candidates from the United Kingdom higher education sector will normally hold a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in the fields of architecture, geography, environmental studies, art, interior design or history .

Prospective students with a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in another discipline but with significant work experience in garden design or related areas will also be considered for entrance on the masters' programme.

Training Course Content

Semester One

  • Garden Context Studio
  • Research Methods
  • Garden Theories, Arts and Applications
  • Philosophical and Cultural Approaches to the Garden
  • Selecting Plants for the Designed Landscape

Semester Two

  • Advanced Garden Design Studio
  • Designed Landscape Management
  • Special Topics (Postgraduate Independent Study)
  • Selecting Plants for the Designed Landscape
  • Professional Practice

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in England for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2020 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted


Home Students


  • £8,340


  • Year 1 - £4170
  • Year 2 - £4170*

International Students (Including EU students)


  • £13,510

Continuing Studies

Professional degree

On completion of the 2-year programme you will be ready for employment within the professional world of garden and landscape design with a specialism in an area of your choice, achieved through your final dissertation research and application.

Career Prospects

Graduates will gain the intellectual, organisational, communication and technical skills and tools needed in a profession that must understand and create gardens and designed landscapes through social, cultural, ecological and economic implications of sites, communities and regions .

Career possibilities for graduates include working for garden design practices, private or public organisations and gardens, community-led outreach work, writing and media projects, and teaching in the fields of garden design.

After Completion of Your Course...

Writtle University College offers doctoral studies for those who wish to further their academic studies .

Doctorates are awarded for the creation and interpretation of knowledge, which extends the forefront of a discipline, usually through original research. A PhD is awarded for research that takes the equivalent of 3 years full-time study. Writtle has a thriving and enthusiastic postgraduate student group studying gardens from historic and international perspectives.

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Writtle University College

Writtle University College offers a range of land-based, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships. We also provide students with the options of being able to study certain...

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Writtle University College, Lordship Road
CM1 3RR Chelmsford Essex

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