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.
Modes and duration
Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. 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.
Fee deposit: All students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
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.
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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.
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 a 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.
Year one core modules
The first year is a preparatory year, as students entering the programme will typically be new to the discipline of landscape architecture.
- History and Theory of Landscape Architecture (30 credits)
- Landscape, Inhabitation and Environmental Systems (30 credits)
- Landscape Design 1(15 credits)
- Landscape Design 2 (15 credits)
- Landscape Design 3 (30 credits)
Year two compulsory modules
The second year has a strong design research focus, with a major design studio project and research project complementing each other and giving students the platform to develop highly-developed portfolios upon graduation.
- Landscape Architecture Theory and Practice (15 credits)
- Landscape, Ecology and Urban Environments (30 credits)
- Advanced Landscape Design 1 (30 credits)
- Advanced Landscape Design 2 (60 credits)
- Landscape Thesis (45 credits)
The programme includes an optional fieldtrip.
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.
Maximum cost to the student is £500.
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UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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.
Student work with a team of landscape architects, researchers and built environment professionals to inform your creative design practices. The Bartlett School of Architecture is renowned for preparing students for successful careers
In REF 2014 46% of The Bartlett’s research was rated 4* i.e. “world-leading”, with a further 35% recognised as 3* i.e. “internationally excellent”.* The Bartlett submitted the largest quantity of 4* world-leading research outputs (156 items) of any university submitting to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel. On “Research Environment”, which grades the “vitality” and “sustainability” of the research environment, the Bartlett received the highest score for submission to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel.
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 scenerios, be they speculative, theoretical or practical.
Department: Bartlett School of Architecture
Application and next steps
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
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.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
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 6 weeks and decline any other offers for programmes at the Bartlett School of Architecture. If you do not respond within 6 weeks, your offer will be withdrawn.
Please note that the School of Architecture does not allow deferred entry to any of its postgraduate programmes. If you have an offer of admission but cannot take it up, you will not be able to defer it and will have to apply again for entry the following year.
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