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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

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Full time | Manchester School of Architecture | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MLA - Master in Landscape Architecture

Subject areas

Landscape Gardening Landscape Studies Architectural Drawing

Course type


Course Summary


  • A two-year, 300 credit programme, accredited by the Landscape Institute and leading to an internationally recognised qualification in a fast growing profession
  • The full two year programme provides a conversion course for graduates of related subject areas
  • Graduates of accredited UK undergraduate landscape courses, or international equivalents, may gain direct entry to Part 2 of the course for their final year of study
  • Part 1 provides a broad foundation in the discipline, and supports the development of core design and communication skills
  • Part 2 promotes the exploration of individual design practice through experimental studio work as well as individual research
  • An integrated work placement and opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaborations
  • Teaching is delivered by experienced group of core staff, complemented by a wide range of practitioners and academics
  • A study tour and site visits give students direct experience of a range of landscape projects both implemented and on site
  • The MLA degree is awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University


The course has a very close relationship to practice and students are exposed to practitioners in a wide range of ways throughout the syllabus. The Landscape Practice and Profession unit generates understanding of the ethical, legal and professional context of the subject through a range of visiting lectures and workshops, as well as visits to practices and sites and direct personal experience. This may be through a 3-month work placement in a relevant practice or through a range of alternative means such as involvement in a client-led brief, or an external competition.


The vast majority of our graduates go on to find employment in the profession, either in the UK or abroad, many due to connections established during the course. Outside London, the North West of England is the base for more landscape practices than anywhere else in the country. Opportunities exist in a wide range of organisations, from small private practices to international, multi-disciplinary firms. Alternatively, landscape architects are also employed in the public sector or non-profit making organisations. Many alumni have gone on to positions of responsibility in major international firms and have been involved in the delivery of landmark projects around the world.


This unit will focus on the period of emergence of landscape architecture as a recognised profession and discipline in its own right, roughly from the end of the 19th century to the present day. It will explore key concepts and writings in a range of fields which have contributed to contemporary discourse in the field today.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Full-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits per year.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Full-time fee: £2917 per 30 credits per year.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students eligible for the MLA will normally have a minimum of a second class degree in a closely related subject area. The following disciplines are typical although this is not an exhaustive list and the suitability of all applicants will be assessed via a combination of portfolio and interview: Design for the built environment including: Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Interior Design, Garden Design; Other design or arts related disciplines may also be considered, including: fashion, film, graphics, product design, etc; Land or plant-based sciences including: Geography, Horticulture, Forestry or agriculture, Ecology, Environmental science and management; Engineering, including especially: Civil, hydrological and structural engineering. Direct part entry 2: Candidates with a minimum of a second-class degree in an accredited UK undergraduate Landscape Architecture course will normally be accepted directly into Part 2 of the MLA. Candidates from other countries with an IFLA recognised undergraduate qualification of an equivalent standard may also be eligible for direct entry at year 2.