Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Course Information

Based within the Manchester School of Architecture at MMU, the Master of Landscape Architecture is a route to an internationally recognized qualification in a fast growing, global profession.

The MLA combines an emphasis on individual practice and an exploratory, experimental approach, with a strong professional underpinning. It is both a conversion course for graduates of related subject areas and a final postgraduate year of education for landscape graduates.

Our graduates are world leaders in the profession and have gone on to impressive careers nationally and internationally.


  • a two year (or 4 year part time) course
  • part 1 gives you a strong historical, theoretical and technical foundation
  • part 2 promotes the exploration of individual design practice and helps you frame your own agenda through experimental studio work and research
  • 3 month work placement
  • site visits and a study tour 

If you have a good honours degree in Landscape Architecture you may enter directly into Part 2 of the programme (1 year full-time or 2 years part-time).


The MLA places a strong emphasis on an understanding of landscape as a dynamic and adaptive phenomenon and as a manifestation of complex environmental and cultural systems. A single design project runs through each year, exploring a specific landscape from a regional scale, progressively down to the detailed scale of material and technological resolution.

Preparation for professional life is a key component. You will encounter practitioners in reviews, workshops and lectures, and will also have the opportunity to experience professional engagement in either a 3-month work placement, an inter-disciplinary competition, a ‘live’ project with an external client, or a detailed case study of a project. In addition, you will attend a series of lectures and seminars covering a range of subjects relating to the historical, legislative, contractual and ethical aspects of the profession.


100% of graduates over the last two years have found employment in the profession, many due to connections established during the course.

 See the MMU website for entry requirements and online application.


Other Links

The Landscape Institute 

Manchester School of Architecture