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The MA in Professional Landscape Architecture is a programme for those who hold either a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or a Landscape Institute accredited 'conversion' qualification and a degree in another discipline. 

At UEL, through design studio, live projects, and investigation of theory, we explore key issues in contemporary life - migration, inequality, climate emergency, urban growth, food security.  We investigate our understandings of these ideas with passion and commitment; exploring the ways in which landscape, nature and place are socially, as well as physically, 'constructed'.  We seek to develop critical awareness and personal understanding of landscape, and from this, to cultivate an individual, considered approach. Our teaching supports the acquisition of the skills and knowledge that we know are relevant to professional practice now, while developing personal trajectories for the future, within this broad professional field.

Download our yearbook  to view examples of our students' work.

Completion of the MA in Professional Landscape Architecture allows registration on the Landscape Institute's Pathway to Chartership.

What makes this course different

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Live projects with social impact

We work on live build projects, and with real clients to learn hands on, changing lives and places, delivering positive social impact and benefits to London communities.

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Direct your career

Take specialist lectures; work with UEL's Sustainability Research Institute; create your thesis through design, research, travel, or critical reflection. We make learning and industry links relevant to your chosen direction.

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Excellent employment rates

Our Landscape Institute accredited courses provide our students with excellent employment prospects, with 100% of our graduates employed in UK and international practices, local government and more.


The MA comprises six modules: two modules of theory/ professional practice, and two design modules.  The programme culminates in a self-directed double module - an extended thesis. 

Our modules offer both set topics of study, and options, for learning and research with the Sustainability Research Institute or other faculty in fields like urban design, heritage, environmental design and social justice. Design studio follows a pattern of investigation, experiment and innovation. You will be working across scales, from the geographic scale of character assessment, to detailed design and construction.  

You will interrogate live issues for our environment, explore professional practice, and develop the skills you need to pursue your chosen direction in the field of landscape architecture.

Your final thesis can be wholly written, or by design, and may be experimental or reflective. Tutors will support you to explore, and ultimately decide on, your career direction / area of interest.



  • Core Modules

    Landscape Architecture: Professional Life & Practice (Mental Wealth)

    The aims of this module are: 

    1. To explore aspects of UK professional practice in landscape architecture in depth

    2. To engage with landscape practitioners, professional environments and live projects

    3. To further develop knowledge of the ethical, legal, policy and professional context in which landscape architecture operates in the UK

    4. To explore professional opportunities and career directions


    Landscape Architecture: Theory & Contexts

    The aims of this module are:

    1. To explore and critique through option choice, contemporary theories and practices in landscape architecture in relation to allied disciplines in depth

    2. To consider how current practice is influenced by past & present social formations, by contemporary concerns, and by other fields

    3. To expand knowledge and understanding of advanced techniques, concerns and possibilities in landscape architecture


    Landscape Architecture: Advanced Tools & Complexity in Design 1

    The aims of this module are: 

    1. Apply contemporary themes and their critique in complex landscapes at a range of scales including regional scale green infrastructure.

    2. Explore application of diverse technologies, processes and theories.

    3. Explore the precedents and issues connected with complex sites for example post- industrial landscapes, and the policy and theoretical frameworks in which these complex issues reside.

    4. Participate in elements of 'live' design and construction, led by qualified practitioners.

    5. To explore module themes through a landscape planning and analysis study, including high level design intervention, across a wide area, identifying sites for further exploration, working at a variety of scales.


    Landscape Architecture: Advanced Tools & Complexity in Design 2

    The aim of this module are: to resolve application of contemporary themes and their critique in complex landscapes and integrate them with aspects of professional practice and theoretical frameworks, through completion of a major design project, working at a variety of scales through to detailed design.



    The aims of this module are:

    1. To explore and critique a key strand of contemporary landscape architecture of personal interest, developing on from the earlier modules

    2. To develop a personal direction through in depth reflection, critical, theoretical and academic writing /exploration


At UEL your interests and passions count. We provide an inspiring, creative setting where you can extend your knowledge, skills and understanding, and inform your future direction in the profession. 

The MA in Professional Landscape Architecture runs alongside other landscape and built environment programmes, and offers flexibility, opportunities for collaborative project work, an active faculty and diverse student body. 

We engage with live sites and clients, and foster connections with visiting professionals. All staff continue in professional practice, and bring relevant industry knowledge as well as extensive academic teaching experience to design studio seminars, tutorials, field visits and lectures.


Your understanding of each module is assessed through a variety of written/ illustrated reports, and design drawing portfolios, submitted at the end of the module. 

Your submitted coursework is completed against detailed project briefs, with submissions comprising project work developed in a variety of media, drawn conceptual, practical and 3D work, essays, site research studies, illustrated reports, seminar papers and presentations. Teaching supports the development of materials for submission through seminars individual and group tutorials, field visits and lectures.

All coursework is double marked and reviewed by an external examination board.


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Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Clare Penny

Clare Penny is Acting Course Leader for Landscape Architecture, teaching on the MA Professional Landscape Architecture (Conversion), MA Professional Landscape Architecture and PGDip Landscape Architecture.

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Landscape architecture is all about people. Our differences define the landscape, as our landscapes in which we exist, define us. Farrer Huxley recognise that the diversity of people reflects our understanding of a broad range of human needs and landscape interpretations. Having employed students who have studied at UEL, it is clear that the course understands how different skills and interests can benefit the profession.

Noel Farrer

Director - Farrer Huxley Landscape Architects, Past President of the Landscape Institute

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.


With increased focus on environmental issues, and building healthy communities, landscape architects are in demand professionally, nationally and internationally. There is a high industry employment rate. 

Our graduates perform well within the field, achieving recognition and industry awards, and 100% of our MA graduates have found employment in practice and in senior research or policy roles.  Our School has links with a range of professional practices, and will give you invaluable experience of working collaboratively with other disciplines, on live projects and with professionals in a practice setting.

Our Masters in Professional Landscape Architecture will give you the space to think about your landscape values and interests, and supports you in directing your career in landscape architecture.
All of our postgraduate landscape courses have full accreditation from the Landscape Institute and provide necessary qualification to allow registration on the Landscape Institute's Pathway to Chartership.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.