Master of Landscape Architecture (Conversion Course)

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

Course description

Master of Landscape Architecture (Conversion Course)

Accredited Professional Programme (conversion route)

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a postgraduate programme that provides professional landscape architecture education for graduates with a bachelor's degree with honours, other than landscape architecture/garden design, who wish to become professional landscape architects. MLA is accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) which will allow students a seamless transition on their journey from licentiate to chartership with the LI. Our programme offers a 2-year ’graduate entry‘ route for candidates from diverse background, education and professions. On completion of the 2-year programme students will be ready for employment within the professional world of landscape architecture, with a specialism in an area of choice, achieved through their final dissertation research and application. The MLA supports entry to the work experience based pathway to chartership with the Landscape Institute.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Candidates who have a bachelor's with honours degree with a minimum of a second-class degree in the fields of architecture, geography, environmental studies, art, interior design, history, and other fields can apply for the 1st year MLA .

Students are required to submit their university certificates, letter of intention that shows the personal statement including student's background, strengths, interests and aspirations in the field of landscape architecture, and why students want to come to WUC for their graduate education (1,500 word limit) and 2 reference letters with their application form. A design portfolio is not required as students come from non-design fields, however a visual portfolio with photographs from visited landscapes and gardens and/or sketches c\n be submitted additional to the application. This will help to give a sense of the creative potential and graphic abilities of the applicant. A meeting with the student is recommended to go through the application documents.

English Language competency for non-native English speakers. WUC international students English requirements are the following: Overall IELTS score 6.5 and minimum 5.5 in all elements. WUC also accepts various tests of English as alternatives to IELTS provided they appear on the new approved English tests sheet issued by UKVI.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

Who is the Course for?

The Master of Landscape Architecture is designed for graduates who have a bachelor's with honours degree with a minimum of a second-class degree in the fields of architecture, geography, environmental studies, art, interior design, history, and other fields who wish to change their career for landscape architecture

Training Course Content

Year One

Semester One

  • Planting the Landscape
  • Site and Concept Studio
  • Contemporary Landscape Theories
  • Landscape Construction and Technology

Semester Two

  • Research and Representation Methods
  • Landscape Dimensions Studio
  • Cross-Disciplinary Projects
  • Landscape Construction and Technology

Year Two

Semester One

  • Urban Territory Studio
  • Research Methods
  • Theories and Philosophies of Landscape
  • Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Services
  • Selecting Plants for the Designed Landscape

Semester Two

  • Advanced Landscape Architecture 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


  • Year 1 - £5,668
  • Year 2 - £8,340*


  • Year 1 - £3,502
  • Year 2 - £3,502*
  • Year 3 - £3,502*
  • Year 4 - £3,502*

International Students (Including EU students)


  • Year 1 - £9,120
  • Year 2 - £13,510*

Continuing Studies

Graduates of the MLA can work as graduate landscape architects, landscape designers, or landscape planners and managers .

Graduates have a variety of practices in the UK and abroad to choose; each with different areas of specialism including urban design, planning, visual landscape impact assessment, and visual landscape character. There are differences in the size and scale of practices, their work and specialism. Global practices work with international large scale masterplanning projects whereas smaller scale practices work with national and local masterplanning projects, urban design, housing development and landscape character assessment tasks. Employment is also found in public sector organisations such as local councils, English Heritage, Historic England and privates charities such as the National Trust, along with teaching within colleges and universities.

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