Landscape Architecture MLA
This creative and reflective two-year Master's degree empowers students without a landscape architecture undergraduate degree to pursue a career as a landscape architect. Landscape architects shape the future of cities and rural environments alike.
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
A minimum of a second-class UK degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to provide a link to a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.
The English language level for this programme is: Level 2
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.
About this degree
Students gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline of landscape architecture and the related profession, informed by current practice, scholarship and research. With design-led teaching and learning, they will learn how to design, using a range of techniques and research methods, equipping you to progress towards a career as a landscape architect.
Who this course is for
Students with a UK undergraduate degree related to landscape architecture or similar with First or Second Class Honours or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates with another qualification and appropriate professional experience may also be considered.
What this course will give you
In the design studio, students will develop individual projects, documented in design portfolios, to increasing levels of complexity and ambition as the programme progresses, supported by tutorials, seminars, crits and interim reviews.
Students will work with a team of landscape architects, researchers and built environment professionals to inform your creative design practices.
This programme empowers students with the contextual knowledge of the history and theory of landscape architecture, alongside the ability to apply research to design and professional scenarios, be they speculative, theoretical or practical.
The Bartlett School of Architecture helps students to prepare for successful careers in a range of fields. We aim to be an exciting and innovative place to study architecture, located in the heart of London with global perspectives. Our students have the opportunity to develop their creativity, curiosity and dynamism, and learn the skills they need to build a better future for people and the planet. Our school is consistently ranked highly in UK and global league tables, and our staff are at the forefront of international research and teaching with award-winning buildings all over the globe.
The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment. Our work is all about human spaces. That means physical structures like homes, buildings and cities, but also the invisible structures that govern these things: political and legal systems; financial frameworks and social norms; even our understanding of the past, present and future. Combining design, history, theory, digital representations and models across all of these areas, we understand the structures shaping society today – and we work to make them fairer and more prosperous. The Bartlett is ranked #3 globally in the Built Environment and Architecture subject area (QS World University Ranking 2022), and our research is recognised as internationally leading (UK REF 2021).
The foundation of your career
Students gain a highly specialist skill set with this programme. As well as the ability to design using a range of techniques and research methods, and an in-depth knowledge of the discipline of landscape architecture, students will develop skills in creative problem solving, making decisions and propositions in complex, challenging, ambiguous and open-ended situations.
Students will also develop skills in communicating, presenting, advocating, interelating and responding to people from a wide variety of backgrounds within a professional context.
The Bartlett School of Architecture is recognised as one of the world's leading schools of architecture and graduates from our Master's programmes are highly sought after.
AccreditationThis programme is professionally accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI).
Teaching and learning
Students are assessed through design portfolios, essays, illustrated reports and diaries. Students receive formative feedback on their work in progress via tutorials and seminars, as well as written reports.
In terms 1 and 2 full-time students can typically expect between 17 and 20 contact hours per teaching week through lectures, workshops and tutorials. In term 3 students will be completing their own Portfolio’s research, keeping regular contact with their Portfolio’s supervisors.
Outside of lectures full-time students typically study the equivalent of a full-time job, using their remaining time for self-directed study and completing coursework assignments.
This is a two-year, 300 credit Master's degree.
This programme consists of ten modules, five per year, all of which are compulsory.
Upon successful completion of 300 credits, you will be awarded an MLA in Landscape Architecture.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.
Students undertake modules to the value of 300 credits. Upon successful completion of 300 credits, you will be awarded an MLA in Landscape Architecture.
The programme includes an optional fieldtrip.
Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.
Fees and funding
Fees for this course
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£11,800|
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£29,000|
The MLA is a two-year programme. The published fees are for Year 1 only. Fees for Year 2 will increase by up to 5%, in accordance with UCL’s fees policy.
The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
All students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme.
Maximum cost to the student is £500.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Funding your studies
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
Any additional funding available from the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Master'sDeadline: 31 May 2023Value: Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)Criteria Based on financial needEligibility: UK
Bartlett Promise Sub-Saharan Africa Masters ScholarshipDeadline: 31 March 2023Value: Fees, stipend and other allowances (Duration of programme)Criteria Based on financial needEligibility: EU, Overseas
Brown Family BursaryDeadline: 8 June 2023Value: £15,000 (1 year)Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial needEligibility: UK
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Landscape Architecture at graduate level
- why you want to study Landscape Architecture at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
We recommend that you apply for a maximum of two programmes. Multiple applications are less likely to result in an offer of admission.
Tier 4 Student Visa holders are advised to meet the English language proficiency of their offer no later than the end of June, in order to allow sufficient time to obtain a CAS number and visa.
To accept your offer, you must pay the non-refundable fee deposit within 4 weeks and decline any other offers for programmes at the Bartlett School of Architecture. If you do not respond within 3 weeks, your offer will be withdrawn.
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to high competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.
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