MLA Master of Landscape Architecture / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
2 years
Entry requirements

Part 1 entry

Students eligible for the MLA will normally have a minimum of a second class degree in a closely related subject area. The following disciplines are typical although this is not an exhaustive list and the suitability of all applicants will be assessed via a combination of portfolio and interview:

  • Design for the built environment including: Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Interior Design, Garden Design.
  • Other design or arts related disciplines may also be considered, including: fashion, film, graphics, product design, etc.
  • Land or plant-based sciences including: Geography, Horticulture, Forestry or agriculture, Ecology, Environmental science and management.
  • Engineering, including especially: Civil, hydrological and structural engineering.

International students with a closely related qualification from their country may be eligible for Part 2 entry, but, in the majority of cases, a two-year course is required in order to adapt to the specific professional and cultural context of the discipline in the UK.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Direct Part 2 entry

Candidates with a minimum of a second-class degree in an accredited UK undergraduate Landscape Architecture course will normally be accepted directly into Part 2 of the MLA.

Candidates from other countries with an IFLA recognised undergraduate qualification of an equivalent standard may also be eligible for direct entry at year 2.

Candidates from other very closely related disciplines (principally Architecture and Urban Design) may be considered, subject to providing evidence of a Level 6 understanding and knowledge of additional subject areas specific to landscape architecture.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for this course by selecting one of the options below.

Please read the How to Apply section on the Manchester School of Architecture web site for details of portfolio requirements.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

At Manchester School of Architecture, we believe that landscape architects can contribute to combatting the climate and ecological emergency, promote social equity, provide common resources in the form of public space, and make a difference to people's lives.

The Master of Landscape Architecture offers space to experiment through research, projects and our studio atelier system which celebrates diversity. The course promotes multiple critical approaches to practice and a wide range of creative and analytical approaches.

Alongside our specialist landscape staff team you'll benefit from interdisciplinary working, gain collaborative experience and networks and create a portfolio of work supporting you to find employment locally or globally.

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Fees for entry in 2024 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2023 were as follows:

  • (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): 1709 per 30 credits per year - fees collected by MMU
    International, including EU, students (per annum): 3084 per 30 credits per year - fees collected by MMU

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Additional expenses

Specialist costs

  • Compulsory estimate: £1,700
  • Optional estimate: £1,000

Placement costs

  • Optional estimate: £600

Professional costs

You can choose to become a student member of the Landscape Institute. It is free.

Other costs

  • Optional estimate: £100

You may choose to buy books for the course, although the library is excellent.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Manchester Metropolitan University
0161 247 6969
See: The School .

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