Birmingham City University
Landscape Architecture MA
Birmingham City University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This MA in Landscape Architecture enables applicants who have an accredited degree in Landscape Architecture, or completed a conversion year an opportunity to progress their studies and take the next step towards being a Chartered Landscape Architect.

What's covered in this course?

You will build on your existing knowledge and skills acquired in you degree and further develop creative, artistic, technical and intellectual abilities through a diverse range of design projects that explore contemporary issues and problems, which grow in scale and complexity. The format of studio learning is continued with an increased emphasis on research and experimentation. These include research-led design projects relating to public health and wellbeing, habitat creation and biodiversity, climate change, settlement design, food security, and large infrastructure schemes like the High Speed 2 (HS2) and the West Midlands National Park. The landscape as a sequence of interrelated designed environments provides the scope for a design laboratory connected by land, ecology, water, climate and infrastructure, linked to a cultural context that extends from parish to global political and economic systems.

Our modules, including our new Design for Climate Change module, provide a fascinating forum for systems scale interventions, innovation and exploration of new sustainable approaches to respond to climate change emergency, biodiversity loss and for the planning and designing of resilient places and communities. Exploring these themes and issues is central to our common future and our Landscape Architecture course is very well placed to progress employability skills that will position you at the forefront of these subjects.

Our links to industry, local authorities and our Co.Lab partners offer an opportunity for being involved in the complex nature and the challenges of being a landscape architect in the real world. These extend to collaborating with local stakeholders and institutions and working alongside colleagues across the University on projects that demonstrate the authority of Landscape Architecture in improving the quality of future urban and rural living.

Work presented for assessment will demonstrate the extent to which you have fulfilled the learning outcomes for the module. Marks are awarded in terms of your ability to research, conceptualise and realise your ideas, designs or written work as detailed in the Learning Outcomes. Assessment is formative and summative. Summative assessment takes place by evaluating coursework, including specific design proposals for projects, supporting research and explanatory material, seminar papers, presentations and critical review. Formative assessment may include self-evaluation and peer group tasks. Assessment methods include the evaluation of practical, written and verbal skills. These include submission of contextual material and displays of work including supportive research. Students will receive written feedback for each summative assessment.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Business Graduate Degrees/ Master Degrees
    • 6.0
    • General Requirements
    • 7.0
    • LLM
    • 6.0
    • MBA & MSc

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Landscape Architecture, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Landscape Institute accredited Conversion Course, or BA Hons / BSc degree in Landscape Architecture or Garden Design, minimum Lower Second-Class (2:2). International students must meet all the Border Agency entry criteria for the programme.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of Birmingham City University in top UK and global rankings.

See all 14 university rankings of Birmingham City University

About Birmingham City University

Founded in 1853, Birmingham City University (BCU) is located in the city of Birmingham, England. The student population of this institution is made up of students from over 80 nationalities, which allows newly arrived foreign students to quickly feel welcome and at home. State-of-the-art facilities and resources await students on all courses, including the latest Engineering technology, 3D Printing studios, and Horology Workshops, just to name a few. BCU maintains a reputation for having a selective admissions process, so all applicants are recommended to prepare for their interview thoroughly.

Student composition of Birmingham City University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
  • BCU Student Stories: Student Accommodation
  • University Q&A | Accommodation, facilities + social life
  • Why choose Birmingham City University (BCU)?
  • Being an international student at Birmingham City University
  • Why we love Birmingham City University!
  • Birmingham City University graduates, advice on making the most of starting out at university.

List of 706 Bachelor and Master Courses from Birmingham City University - Course Catalogue

Where is this programme taught

City Centre Campuses
map marker Show on map

Similar courses

Program University Student satis­faction Unem­ployed Drop­out Tuition (UK) Tuition (Inter­national) UCAS Tariff City
Civil Engineering and Architecture with Industrial Placement Year MEng (Hons) University of Southampton 81% 0% 10% £9250 £22760 175 Southampton On campus Full-time
Architecture MA University of Liverpool 74% 0% 0% £9650 £20300 135 Liverpool On campus Full-time
Naval Architecture with High Performance Marine Vehicles MEng University of Strathclyde 75% 0% 4% £9250 £22400 172 Glasgow On campus Full-time
Civil Engineering and Architecture with Foundation Year MEng (Hons) University of Southampton 81% 0% 10% £9250 £19500 175 Southampton On campus Full-time
Structural Engineering and Architecture with an Industrial Placement Year MEng The University of Sheffield 83% 4% 5% £9250 £25670 168 Sheffield On campus Full-time
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering MEng University of Strathclyde 75% 0% 0% £9250 £22400 172 Glasgow On campus Full-time
Architecture and Environmental Design MEng (Hons) The University of Nottingham 100% 0% 5% £9250 £26500 142 Nottingham On campus Full-time
Architecture Msci (Hons) University College London 72% 5% 3% £9250 £25800 208 London On campus Full-time
Civil Engineering and Architecture MEng (Hons) University of Southampton 81% 0% 10% £9250 £22760 175 Southampton On campus Full-time
Architecture MArch (Hons) Cardiff University 88% 0% 3% £9000 £23450 173 Cardiff On campus Full-time