M.A. Landscape Architecture

University of East London

Application deadline: as soon as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,900 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 11,700 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Architecture programmes in the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at the University of East London are recognised as among the leaders in the UK and have a particular reputation for innovation in teaching. Their character is recognisable in its hands-on approach to architecture at all scales, working with the physical exploration of site and context, as well as developing new critical approaches to the field.

Former UEL Architecture graduates have proceeded to win urban design competitions in Manchester, Germany, Estonia, Iceland and Japan. Current tutors have studied landscape architecture in the UK and abroad and can bring a wide range of experience to the school in this field.

The School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering recognises the opportunity to expand the offering of programmes to attract design professionals who wish to specialise in landscape architectural design locally, nationally and internationally through research by design.

The aim of the programme is also to be the first step towards design based PhDs and professional Doctorates within Architecture.

This new programme is growing logically out of the Schools longstanding preoccupation with material, context, creative interventions, and regeneration both locally and internationally. It expands material and contextual interests into the natural and urban environment and actively seeks to explore the possibilities inherent in the temporal design opportunities that landscape architecture encompasses. The programme is designed to develop intellectual and practical professional tools for landscape architects, and through project based studies search for new solutions to the increasing complexity of our urban landscapes, where the social, political and economic, as well as spatial pressures are most intense. The programme aims to work in collaboration with local and international agencies on live projects where possible, and to tackle cutting-edge issues through the prism of site reality.

The programme is predicated upon understanding the best of current local and international landscape practice, while also emphasizing the development of intuition and processes to test and develop new forms of landscape practice. It welcomes students as fellow collaborators in a programme that seeks to develop new strands to contemporary landscape architecture that are innovative in approach to materials and the temporal possibilities at the core of landscape, and deal proactively with the complex environmental, social, and artistic questions of the time.

The programme is based in Docklands, the biggest redevelopment area in Europe. It takes advantage of the Universitys London location with visits to development sites as well as lectures. Site visits will strengthen links with the local landscape culture of the city, while wider ones will include the rich historic precedents of southern England. Its teachers are abreast of current developments in the field and currently working on publications, conferences and other projects inside the school, and on innovative approaches to landscape architecture in private practice.


What is this programme designed to achieve?
This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

* develop a broad understanding of contemporary landscape issues and your own detailed interests within the broad spectrum of this field
* develop professional skills to allow you to craft a career within the environmental professions
* develop critical and aesthetic skills in landscape architecture

What will you learn?

* of the range of tools and principles available to professionals pursuing landscape design development in a wide range of contexts.
* of the political, social, economic, ethical and aesthetic significance of the choices made by landscape architecture professionals within this field
* of alternative models for landscape architecture, of new theoretical approaches to this field that draw upon a clear understanding of current practice to allow you to confidently contribute to new forms of landscape practice
* of the content, sources and feasibility of models of urban development involved in the debates about environmentally sustainable cities, and the possibilities for the open spaces between buildings that form an integral part of urban development
* of conceptual and practical frameworks from which to develop alternative landscape and open space strategies for specific contexts

Thinking skills

The student will be able

* to develop a confident position on issues of landscape architecture for their own practice
* to acquire the knowledge, language and communication skills necessary to explain and communicate their position
* to assess and discuss pertinent theoretical and design issues with confidence
* to demonstrate enhanced specialist knowledge
* to engage in critical analysis and synthesis of arguments through design and writing
* to evaluate their own analytical, investigative and strategic skills
* to reflect critically on his or her own learning

Subject-Based Practical skills

Students will be able

* to gather, sort, analyse and effectively use research material
* to develop landscape design strategies and to communicate and discuss options with other design professionals
* to plan, develop and deliver bibliographically-based written research

Skills for life and work (general skills)

Students will be able

* to develop, structure and communicate ideas with clarity through design projects and in spoken and written form
* to manage time and work to deadlines
* to find information and use information technology
* to assess large amounts of interdisciplinary research cogently
* to know when and how to get help
* to learn through reflection on own research, practice and experience


The programme is designed for a diverse audience:

It will appeal to already qualified design professionals in related disciplines who wish to add further specialisation in landscape architectural practice.

It also welcomes applications from candidates with a design based first degree with a particular interest and ability to contribute to the development of landscape at an advanced level.

It welcomes applications from suitable candidates with an honours degree or post-graduate diploma in landscape architecture or landscape with an interest in additional study at an advanced level.

Applications are welcomed from the EU and overseas, in particular, lecturers from Higher Education Institutions wishing to increase their qualifications.

Students whose first language is not English will have achieved a score of 7.0 in ILTS or equivalent. Eligibility for students without degree equivalent qualifications will be assessed via the accreditation of experiential learning [AEL] on the basis of a short essay, statement and a portfolio. Places will be offered after a successful interview with a member of the programme team.

All applicants will be interviewed.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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