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MA Professional Landscape Architecture with Conversion

Course summary

This is a design based career conversion/ development course to Masters level, for anyone who has a passion for Landscape Architecture, but a first degree in any other subject.  It brings together the syllabus for ‘conversion’ to Landscape Architecture, with our Masters in Professional Landscape Architecture, in a single entry programme.

It is fully accredited by the Landscape Institute.  
If you are unsure you want to complete a Masters degree, you may also consider applying for the Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.
The course covers 

• design modules, where you lead on design, using a range of softwares, drawing and modelling techniques taught in studio
• theory/ professional practice, where we visit, study, hear from & discuss professional Landscape Architects and other theorists work, 

It culminates in the final thesis module.  As you move towards the thesis, tutors will support you to explore, and ultimately decide on, your area of interest. 

This is a two years programme and the fee varies each year. 

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Accredited course

This course is fully accredited by the Landscape Institute, putting you in a strong

position when it comes to securing employment in the industry.

Award-winning department

The programme is part of multi-award-winning Architecture and Design department, enjoys a collaborative studio ethos, and engages with live projects in one of Europe’s largest areas of urban redevelopment.


This straight through programme, from any undergraduate subject to a Masters in Landscape Architecture, is liked by funders & gives you greater flexibility if you want to study part time

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What we're researching

Course Leader Dr Bridget Snaith CMLI a professional Landscape Architect and Design Council Built Environment Expert, with an award winning practice, Shape Landscape Architecture & established professional links in London. Her own research interest is in social theory, informing people centred inclusive design, but the Landscape programme at UEL is supported by academics with research interests in Sustainability, Ecology and Heritage as well as Architecture and Civil Engineering. Dr Snaith’s PhD Thesis investigating ethnic minority underrepresentation in UK parks was awarded a Landscape Institute Research Award in 2015. Previous research has focussed on reducing fear of crime in parks and river corridors, she authored one of London’s Green Grid Frameworks, and she has advised on Play Design nationally for the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Joanne Stevens

MA Landscape Architecture

The MA Landscape Architecture course at UEL is imaginative and rewarding. The one-to-one teaching encourages students to explore possibilities of landscape, both in theory and in practice. The support services are excellent and the location, at the heart of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, allows collaboration with lots of other disciplines. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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What you'll study

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

  • Landscape Architecture: Tools, Principles, Theories & Practice (core)
  • Landscape Architecture: Theories, Context and Practice (core)
  • Thesis project (core)

How you'll be assessed

The taught modules are assessed through a portfolio of written / illustrated reports, and design portfolios, and by your contributions to seminar discussions and design exercises throughout the programme. 
The Masters culminates in the final thesis module.  The thesis is either wholly written, or by design, combining written and design elements.
Your submitted coursework is completed against detailed project briefs, with submission types including design proposals presented in a variety of media, practical 3D work, essay assignments, illustrated reports, seminar papers and presentations. All taught elements are supported through tutorials, field visits and lectures. 
All coursework is double marked.

Course specification

How you'll learn

At UEL you will be working in an inspiring, creative setting where your interests & passions count. You can gain from us the skills and understanding that will facilitate self-expression. The MA in Professional Landscape Architecture with Conversion runs alongside other Landscape programmes, and offers opportunities for collaborative project work within Landscape Architecture and with Architecture and Urban Design students. We engage with live sites and clients, with projects tailored at a pace in keeping with your developing skills.

What you'll learn

Through project work, following a pattern of investigation, experiment and innovation, you will develop a broad understanding of contemporary landscape issues as well as the critical and aesthetic skills you need to pursue a career in landscape architecture.

You will also learn traditional and new approaches to representation and advanced computing.

Our MA is unique in its focus on the temporal and urban aspects of landscape, rather than the horticultural. We believe in a collaborative studio culture and small classes.

At other universities you will often find larger class sizes with all students following the same brief. Our approach allows you more individuality. We will encourage you to develop your own ideas and pursue your own research interests.

The course culminates in the development of your own thesis, while working collaboratively with others in a way that echoes life in a professional landscape architecture practice.

You will benefit from studying in our multi-disciplinary School environment, alongside students in related fields of architecture, sustainability and urban design.

Your future career

The integration of landscape design with architectural and urban design practice is of ever- increasing importance.  Landscape Architects are more and more in demand professionally, nationally and internationally. There is a high industry employment rate.  Most accredited programmes' graduates find jobs on leaving education. 85% of landscape architects are working in full-time roles (Landscape Institute 2016).  Our School has links with a range of landscape architectural practices, and will give you invaluable experience of working collaboratively with other disciplines, on live projects and with professionals in the field.

Students at the University of East London have a strong track record in gaining employment – and a reputation for being talented designers who show skill and sensitivity. Our Masters in Professional landscape Architecture (with Conversion) will set you on the path to a rewarding and exciting career in Landscape Architecture.

All of our postgraduate landscape courses have full accreditation from the Landscape Institute and provide a pathway to future membership for students who meet the Institute’s requirements

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

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