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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Manchester School of Architecture
Manchester School of Architecture
Manchester, England
United Kingdom
Landscape & Environment







-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 MLA places emphasis on an understanding of landscape as a dynamic and adaptive phenomenon. Projects promote a focus on the interfaces between the landscape as a human, cultural construct and as a reflection of underlying natural and environmental process. Design ateliers explore themes of global relevance through the study of a specific landscape from a regional scale, progressively down to the detailed scale of material and technological resolution. There is a focus throughout on applying contemporary theoretical ideas and technologies to address the challenges of the landscapes explored.


The course has very strong links to practice. Students are exposed to a range of practitioners and their work throughout the course and gain individual experience through a combination of a direct professional engagement and a theoretical series of lectures and seminars.




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.




Part 1 provides a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in landscape architecture for students wishing to convert from related subject areas and for overseas students who may benefit from the transition to a different cultural and professional context.


-Through atelier units students develop techniques of reading and landscapes, and the design and communication skills needed to propose transformations.


-Core drawing and software skills are developed through focussed support sessions.


-Landscape Studies provides a foundation in core areas of theoretical and technical knowledge.


Part 1 of the MLA consists of 6 units, totalling 120 credits.




Part 2 provides a final year of education for both landscape graduates and conversion students alike, and encourages a much greater degree of autonomy and the opportunity to develop personal practice through both design and research based work. A strong professional element underpins the whole year. Key points:


-Atelier units encourage students to apply theoretical ideas and agendas to a specific landscape context and to develop individual trajectories rooted in their personal strengths and interests.


-A vegetation calendar runs as a continuous thread through the Part 2 atelier units.


-Students gain both direct personal experience as well as a theoretical understanding of the professional context of the subject.


-A Dissertation and Exhibition unit provides a framework for more detailed individual research into topics of personal and professional interest.


Part 2 of the MLA consists of 5 units, totalling 180 credits.


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Admission Requirements



Where portfolios are required, these will initially take the form of an online portfolio of up to 12 pages. In a few cases, a more detailed portfolio may be requested for presentation at interview. Portfolios should be seen as an opportunity to demonstrate a range of relevant skills, areas of knowledge and interest of relevance to the criteria outlined above. Students without a background in art and design may provide evidence of suitability through: written reports, summaries of research, annotated photography or drawing to demonstrate observation and understanding of places and landscapes, or technical drawings and specifications. Evidence of software skills or communication techniques is valuable but should be complemented by other types of media and presentation. We look for a range of skills and evidence of aptitude rather than polished pieces of finished art or design work. Please download our Guidance for Applicants for further information.





Part 1 Entry


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


International Students with a closely related qualification from their country may be eligible for Part 2 entry, but, in the majority of cases, a 2-year course is required in order to adapt to the specific professional and cultural context of the discipline in the UK.


Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


Direct Part 2 Entry


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.


Candidates from other very closely related disciplines (principally Architecture and Urban Design) may be considered, subject to providing evidence of a Level 6 understanding and knowledge of additional subject areas specific to landscape architecture.


Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


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General information
2 years full time
UK & EU £1542 per year / Non UK & EU £1542
+ 44 (0) 161 247 1324
Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH
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The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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