University of Greenwich: Landscape Architecture (MLA) (MLA)

InstitutionUniversity of Greenwich
Department Architecture and Landscape
Study type Taught


The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programme is designed for graduates who wish to become professional landscape architects. The programme is accredited by the Landscape Institute, offering a 2-year 'graduate entry' conversion route for candidates from diverse backgrounds, professions and educations. Graduates are eligible to become Licentiate members of the landscape Institute and begin the Pathway to Chartership.

The MLA programme brings together graduates from a diversity of backgrounds to focus on design excellence, with landscape architecture projects exploring issues of cities, society and the environment. On the programme, students explore a diverse range of approaches to the design of landscapes, such as green roofs, living walls, courtyards, public spaces, parks, squares, waterfronts, urban masterplans and regional strategies. Students develop skills and knowledge, including: design, history, theory, professional practice, technology, ecology, sustainability, horticulture, drawing and digital representation. Students are encouraged to attend field-study courses abroad (recently to New York, Paris and Istanbul) which inform their design projects. Visits to London’s art galleries (Tate Modern, ICA), libraries (RIBA, British Library) and important landscapes (Thames Barrier Park, Kew Gardens, Royal Parks) provide inspiring contexts for these postgraduate studies.

The programme attracts many applicants who are changing career or further focusing their career in the profession of Landscape Architecture. Applicants include graduates from architecture, design, planning, art, geography, sociology, ecology and many other disciplines. Graduates from the programme have joined outstanding landscape practices, led projects such as the London Olympic Park and established World-leading design studios.

*Weekly international lectures* are hosted in the department, recently including James Corner (Field Operations), Marti Franch (EMF), Martin Rein-Cano (Topotek 1) and Kathryn Gustafson (GP+B). Details of international events, open lectures and examples of student portfolios can be found on the collective blog written by the landscape architecture and urbanism staff and students, The Landscape (

*Employment of Landscape Architecture* graduates is strong. Recent graduates have successfully gained employment in the practices such as Gustafson Porter Bowman, Arup, the Royal Parks and the Greater London Authority. The Landscape Architecture programmes at Greenwich are over 50 years old so we have an active network of graduates in London, across the UK and worldwide.

1 course option

Qualification MLA
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

A good undergraduate Bachelor's degree:
• Applicants will be invited to attend an interview at Greenwich; for applicants unable to attend in person there is an option to have an interview over telephone/Skype.
• Applicants will be asked to present a portfolio of creative and visual work.


Assessments include a design portfolio, technical reports, professional reports, theory essays, and a thesis.


*Year 1*
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

Introducing Architecture & Landscape Practice 2 (15 credits);
Landscape Design 1: Experimentation and Communication (30 credits);
Landscape Design 2: Ecologies, Exploration and Proposition (30 credits);
Contemporary Theories of Landscape (15 credits);
Landscape Design Technology 3 (30 credits).

*Year 2*
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

Landscape and Urbanism Theory (40 credits);
Advanced Landscape Design (40 credits);
Design Research Methodologies (20 credits);
Landscape Representation (20 credits);
Master Project (40 credits);
Professional and Technical Practice (20 credits).

Location Greenwich Maritime Campus
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
SE10 9LS


Channel Islands 9250 GBP for Year 1
EU 9250 GBP for Year 1
England 9250 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 9250 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 9250 GBP for Year 1
Wales 9250 GBP for Year 1
International 12100 GBP for Year 1

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