MA Landscape Architecture Studies

Expand your design creativity and sharpen your professional practice skills


Landscape architecture connects people across disciplines, cultures and communities – all of whom share the common goal of creating places that have a positive impact on society, culture and the environment.

There is now, more than ever, a recognition that landscapes must be conceptualised, designed, and managed in ways which address contemporary challenges facing communities and the global environment, including environmental sustainability and human resilience and wellbeing.

The MA Landscape Architecture Studies online programme explores how professionals in the field build a healthy, equitable relationship between their practice and our planet’s ecosystem. It has been thoughtfully designed to provide an in-depth perspective on landscape design practice, against a background of contemporary regional and global issues.

With a real-world approach that emphasises both theory and practice, a range of topics explore the interfaces between people, landscapes, cities and nature. We’ll help you develop your understanding of the problems and opportunities facing urban and rural landscapes, covering issues that relate to both individual placemaking and wider infrastructure.

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Course Details

Duration: two years

Delivery: online and part-time

Start dates: January, May and September

Next welcome week: 22 May 2023

Next course start date: 29 May 2023

Total course fee: £8,500

Why this course?

MA Landscape Architecture Studies students will develop an advanced portfolio of landscape skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding, which will help them develop their career or prepare for further specialised study.

Graduates will be well equipped to work in landscape-related fields within the UK and internationally, as well as for landscape architecture practices overseas.

You’ll develop your expertise in essential themes of:

  • Sustainability
  • Climate change
  • Environmental
  • Spatial
  • Climate justice
  • Environmental
  • Spatial
  • Climate justice
  • Biodiversity
  • Health and wellbeing

Arts University Bournemouth Online is committed to helping students everywhere turn their talent into careers.

As one of the top ranked specialist art and design universities in the UK, you can trust that you’ll have us by your side as you head into this exciting new chapter.


The modules within this course have been crafted to help you contextualise your current or future landscape design practice within a wider framework of interconnected systems. With support from our experienced academics, you’ll get to explore the benefits that this dynamic approach could bring to both your career, and to wider social, economic and environmental needs.
Module 1 - Where I Stand: Landscape and Resilience (15 credits)

This introductory module will familiarise you with key themes and practices in landscape architecture. You’ll also use this time to think about and articulate your own learning needs and interests, and then identify your goals and hopes for the course to guide your studies.

Module 2 - What is Landscape: Analysis, Evaluation and Representation (15 credits)

In this module, we’ll go over important ideas and theories relating to the meaning of landscape from social, cultural, environmental and ethical perspectives. You’ll also expand your understanding of architecture’s theoretical foundations in fields such as geography, ecology, sociology and art.

Module 3 - Landscape and Culture: History, Philosophy and Society (15 credits)

We’ll look at cultural traditions and philosophies in the context of current existential crises regarding landscape value. You’ll learn about how current practice is influenced by past and present social formations, and examine philosophical, spiritual, aesthetic and practical relationships to landscapes.

Module 4 - The Big Picture: Landscape as Infrastructure and Ecosystem (15 credits)

This module focuses on the complex and conflicting relationships, systems and processes in both built and natural landscapes. It draws upon a range of innovative landscape approaches, including green-blue infrastructure planning, cradle to cradle design, and natural capital accounting.

Module 5 - Resilient Placemaking: Landscapes for Economic, Social and Environmental Wellbeing (15 credits)

We’ll critically evaluate how landscape can help promote physical and mental health by addressing sources of economic, social and environmental stress. You’ll also learn how diversity, environmental justice and inclusivity relate to you and your practice, as well as their wider social context.

Module 6 - Landscape and Equity: Participatory Design and Social Placemaking for Human and Planetary Justice (15 credits)

This module covers how landscape architecture practice can support social justice and community through design and innovation in tools and techniques. We’ll explore equitable placemaking design and management, discussing topics such as public transportation, accessibility and more.

Module 7 - Gardens and the Polite Landscape Tradition (15 credits)

Your lessons for this module will help you consider how the practice of landscape design and our conceptual understanding of landscape is historically grounded in the context of gardens. You’ll study garden design precedents from across a range of typologies, scales and cultural contexts.

Module 8 - Urban Design: A Language Primer (15 credits)

As its title suggests, this module is an introduction to urban design as a discipline. We’ll cover its language, terminology and examples of recent urban planning – and examine the nature of cities as landscapes and ecosystems from the perspectives of contemporary and historical urban theorists.

Module 9 - Landscape Research Methods and Strategies (15 credits)

During this module, you’ll gain a theoretical and practical grounding in research and research design methods. The module serves as a foundation to the Comprehensive Master’s Project and is your opportunity to identify and test your area of research, key sources and methods of inquiry.

Module 10 - Comprehensive Master’s Project (45 credits)

The Comprehensive Master’s Project is your time to showcase your position and approach as a landscape professional. With the support of a project supervisor, you’ll be challenged to create a design project that synthesises the ideas, knowledge and skills you’ve developed during the course.

How you will learn

Benefits of learning online with us

Connect with the art you love wherever you are
With our digital learning platform Canvas, you'll always be just a few clicks or taps away from your course mates and our experienced teaching staff. By logging into Canvas, you'll also have easy access to your course materials, discussion forums, student services, and more. Modules are broken down into weekly topics, with webinars available live or on-demand, so you can balance your studies with work and other commitments.
What your week could look like
1. Weekly topic Grow your subject-specific knowledge 2. Weekly webinars Chat to your tutors and other students about the week's topic 3. Challenge activities Constantly apply and challenge what you’re learning 4. Discussion forums Share ideas with other students and reinforce your learning

How students study with us

• No visas or moving costs
• Access course from anywhere in the world
• Spend approx. 20-25 hours studying each week
• All course materials are available on demand
• Revise on the days and times that suit you best
• Course modules broken down into weekly segments
• Fit studies around work, family and social life
• Support with non-academic queries from a student adviser team

Additional Support

As one of our students, you’ll have access to a range of services designed to support your studies and make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. -Our comprehensive online library of books, journals, and resources -A Student Advisor team to answer non-academic queries -Online software tutorials via LinkedIn Learning -The Students’ Union community -Career advice, CV creation, practice interviews, and more via our careers platform


The MA Landscape Architecture Studies online programme can help you pursue a diverse array of careers. You’ll build an advanced portfolio of landscape skills, techniques, knowledge, and understanding to develop your career or to prepare for further specialised study.

Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped to start exploring landscape-related practices around the world. Some of the roles that you’ll be able to work towards include:

  • Landscape architect
  • Environmental consultant
  • Urban designer
  • Environmental manager
  • Landscape conservation officer
  • Academic
  • Town planner

Your future career

Landscape architect:

Pursue a range of exciting projects in areas such as areas such as natural systems infrastructure, habitat restoration, renewable energy, commercial, residential, industrial, leisure, and health. Typical responsibilities include undertaking site surveys, creating plans, liaising with clients, and producing designs and drawings.

For those students wishing to pursue a career as a landscape architect in the UK, the course offers a foundation to further education in landscape architecture, with graduates able to access a Landscape Institute accredited master’s in the UK.

Environmental consultant:

If you’re particularly interested the environmental elements of your course, you could work as a consultant in the architectural, government, manufacturing, or wildlife sectors. You’ll conduct field surveys and assess areas based on factors such as emissions, air/water contamination, and renewable energy opportunities.

Urban designer:

As an urban designer, you may work with town planners and public officials to create carefully planned city features such as public spaces, transport, and community facilities. Focused on both aesthetics and practicalities, urban designers ensure environments are people-focused and considerate of economic and spatial factors.

Teaching or academia:

If you choose to pursue the academic route in the industry, you could find yourself in a research-based or teaching role. This position will allow you to use your skills and expertise to further your academic knowledge whilst developing the next generation of leading landscape architects.

Town planner:

As a town or urban planner you’ll be involved in the management and development of cities, towns, and the countryside. You may use technology systems such as CAD (computer-aided design) to plan and design strategic developments that balance sustainability and community/industry needs.

Landscape conservation officer:

Usually working for a local council or similar organisation, this role provides land management policies for woodlands, grasslands, and other habitats with the aim of improving and enhancing them for both wildlife and public enjoyment. Part of the role is to promote awareness and understanding of the natural environment.

Garden designer:

You could use skills gained in your MA in Landscape Architecture Studies course to design captivating gardens and outdoor spaces. Working with clients and maybe a wider design team, you’ll use CAD programmes to develop imaginative mood boards and concept drawings to fit a brief.

How to apply

Benefits of learning online with us

We encourage applications from students with a broad range of qualifications and we welcome students from all educational backgrounds. We’ll take into account the knowledge and skills that you have developed outside the classroom, as well as your previous qualifications.

There are two different routes to entry: the standard and non-standard routes. Admissions staff will assess entries to determine which route is appropriate for you when you apply.

Students accepted on the standard route are given offers based on qualifications and supporting documentation alone. If you do not have a qualification at the designated level or in a subject not directly related to the course to which you are applying, you’ll be contacted to request a portfolio, and/or given an interview date.

Standard route – Overseas

You’ll have a BA (Hons) degree graded at 2.2 or above, or an equivalent UK or international qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline.

As an overseas applicant, you’ll need to validate your proficiency in English. We accept a range of English language qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
  • Certificate of Attainment in English (London Board) level 5 or 6
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or above with at least 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT score of 92 or above with 20 in speaking, and 19 in listening, reading and writing
  • Pearson PTE score of 54 and over, with a score of 51 in each component

IELTS, Pearson, and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the time the course commences to be valid.

Non-standard route

If you do not have the standard academic qualifications, you could still be considered for entry if there is sufficient evidence to indicate that you can fulfil the objectives of the course of study and achieve the standard of the final award. An example of this would be to showcase a portfolio of work as requested by the admissions team.

We also welcome applications from anyone with other qualifications or work experience that demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills to study at postgraduate level.

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please get in touch with our course adviser team for advice.


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