Architecture and Landscape Architecture
School of Architecture,
Faculty of Social Sciences
This course is a unique opportunity to qualify as both an architect and a landscape architect. It’s open to students with previous combined or separate degrees in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
The degree is RIBA Part 2 and LI accredited and is prescribed by the ARB.
Your study focuses on a range of themed, design-based studios dedicated to specific areas of practice or research. There are compulsory modules in landscape architecture, humanities, management, building and plant sciences, and an integrated architecture and landscape architecture project.
To qualify you’ll produce at least one comprehensive design project. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with local or regional groups on a real-life challenge through our Live Projects programme.
Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2, the Landscape Institute (LI) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
First year core modules:
- Design 1
The module is the first of 4 sequential modules that make up the course of studio based design projects that form the core of the MArch course. The development of advanced design skills in the MArch is based on a 'studio' system, with different tutors setting agendas and projects that encompass a diverse range of themes. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chosen to develop students' skills in design, along with an integrated understanding of technological, environmental and cultural issues. The different studios each have their own teaching patterns and assessent methods.15 credits
- Design 2
The module is the second of 4 sequential modules that make up the course of studio based design projects that form the core of the MArch cpurse. The development of advanced design skills in the MArch is based on a 'studio system' with different tutors setting agendas and projects that encompass a diverse range of themes. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chosen to develop students' skills in design, along with an integrated understanding of technological, environmental and cultural issues.30 credits
- Architectural Research Methodologies
The module includes two parts: Research methods - The course is an introduction to research methods. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of students in a department of architecture where a very wide range of research paradigms may be found. It also relates the ideals and methods of research to those of design and offers support to students in developing a thesis within their dissertation. Theory Forum - This introduces different thematic approaches and topics in the histories and theories of architecture and urban design, the history of ideas, and the related disciplines of art, cultural studies and landscape studies and initiates to their application in critical debate.10 credits
- Environment and Technology 1
A course in environmental design technologies and techniques developed around a sustainable framework. The course is grouped around broad environmental and natural themes to encourage an integrated and holistic approach to technology within the design process.10 credits
- Management and Practice 1
This module introduces students to aspects of briefing and team-working within an architectural project, together with an overview of factors related to the running of an architectural practice. Built around lectures and seminars, the 3-day module is designed to provide candidates with entrepreneurial skills and develop their understanding of multi professional collaborative working to help them in in dealing with both clients and users and the implications of a multidisciplinary teamworking. The focus of the module is on understanding, managing and improving the briefing process.10 credits
- Landscape Professional Practice
The module covers three core areas relating to landscape architecture practice: Professional Practice, Environmental Law and Planning, and Landscape Contracts. These will touch on issues such as ethics, professional appointment and relationships, the Landscape Institute and Pathway to Chartership, relevant landscape and environmental law and contract law, contract documentation, forms of contract and procedures.10 credits
- Design Research Study
This module provides an opportunity to engage in autonomous study and research of a chosen area, informed by appropriate theoretical framework. The research can touch upon science, policy and theory as well as precedent studies.15 credits
The study will consist of a well-illustrated essay based on a structured and critical review of research and practice in a selected area. This might take the form of a literature review identifying key areas in the topic chosen and summarising key findings to inform the decision and design making process. Alternatively the review maybe more orientated towards practice and comprise a well structured critical study of precedents; for example linking a series of projects or the work of a particular designer or design practice.
This module forms part of the programme of study accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Landscape Institute.
- Urban Futures
This module speculates on the future of urban landscapes, examining the processes that underpin changes in the nature, materiality and experience of this growing area of landscape practice. It will provide students with advanced skills and introduce ways of interrogating current theories and practice while going beyond existing policy frameworks to develop creative and speculative propositions for landscape architecture in future cities.20 credits
This module forms part of a programme of study accredited by the Landscape Institute.
Second year core modules:
- Design 3
The module is the third of 4 sequential modules that make up the course of studio based design projects that form the core of the MArch course. The development of advanced design skills in the MArch is based on a 'studio' system, with different tutors setting agendas and projects that encompass a diverse range of themes. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chose to develop students skills in design, along with an integrated understanding of technological, environmental and cultural issues.15 credits
- Live Project 2
This module is the second of 2 sequential modules that make up the 'live project' aspect of the studio programme. Specific projects vary on an annual basis, but are chosen to develop student's skills in briefing, client liaison and project management. The projects in these modules are almost entirely group based, with students working in teams of 4 - 12 people. These modules are closely integrated with the Management and Practice modules, ARC555 and ARC565.15 credits
- Design Manifesto
This module is comprised of the preparation and completion of a design report, written in association with the final design project.15 credits
- Environment and Technology 2
This module is a course of advanced construction, environmental design and technology. It includes the preparation for and completion of an integrated technology report on a major 6th year design project.15 credits
- Management and Practice 2
The module is designed through comparative analysis in a seminar and a workshop format, and will focus on innovative building procurement and project funding. A range of procurement routes will be discussed, including collaborative procurement (PPC2000 contract, NEC Partnering contract, NHS Estates procure 21, PFI, Supply Chain Management and collaboration, MoD Prime Contracting), self building and cooperatives. Dispute resolution mechanisms - Adjudication, Arbitration and Mediation - inherent within some of these procurement systems discussed will also be covered. The module will also discuss broader economic issues with regards, in particular, to social enterprising.15 credits
- Special Project
The Special Project aims to test your readiness to enter the Landscape and Architecture profession. It requires you to complete an independent project from start to finish to a professional standard. You will select a project covering different strands of architecture and landscape architecture, including planning, design, and integration with architecture ARC 560 & 561. Working on your own initiative, with tutors acting as advisors and consultants, you are required to identify a site or study area, collect and evaluate relevant background information, carry out appropriate surveys, develop plans, strategies and/or designs at an appropriate level of detail and communicate your findings and proposals through appropriate outputs, including a collated portfolio and verbal examination.45 credits
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
Our design teaching is studio based with several research-led options. Programmes run by specialist staff link together lectures, studio work and research.
Each module is assessed individually by coursework.
2 years full-time
Involvement with both courses simultaneously develops a holistic approach to design while giving you knowledge and skills adaptable for all projects. The dual course broadens my career opportunities and strengthens my desire to work in a multidisciplinary practice.
BA Architecture and Landscape, MArch Architecture and Landscape
You'll need a BA Architecture and Landscape Architecture combined degree, or BA Architecture and a separate BA Landscape Architecture, 2:1 or equivalent, from a RIBA/ARB/LI-approved institution, along with 9 months in practice. You should have RIBA Part 1 or equivalent.
We will ask to see your design portfolio.
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
Fees and funding
Find out how to apply on the School of Architecture's website:
+44 114 222 0349
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.