Taught course

Garden Design

Writtle University College · Design

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Entry requirements

A good undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent qualification ideally related to landscape and design but applicants from other disciplines are welcome to apply. A conversion course (bridging studies) is also offered for students with Honours degrees in other disciplines. A portfolio of work/CV and a letter addressing research interests and reasons for applying for the course are usually required.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to increase the student's professional skills in the theoretical and practical aspects of the garden design discipline with an emphasis on promoting gardens that are aesthetically pleasing, functionally appropriate and ecologically healthy, while at the same time being able to accommodate the diverse and changing needs of society. The course benefits from the cultural tradition of garden making, appreciation and horticulture in Britain, though an international and historic perspective is taken.

The MA in Garden Design allows students to take the next steps in developing the theories and practice of garden design by providing more advanced perspectives and applications to undergraduate studies.

Garden design is concerned with creating new gardens and designed landscapes and sustaining and restoring existing ones. The curriculum allows students to employ a different emphasis to design in their approach, application and scale. It focuses on the meaning of gardens, their history, conservation and restoration whilst remembering that they form part of the fabric of a wider rural and urban landscape, with social, economic and ecological values. Students will organise, plan and design gardens in collaborative, productive and creative interdisciplinary ways.

Information for international students

As one of the longest established specialist institutions in the UK, we offer our international students an opportunity to study a range of academically-challenging and internationally-recognised programmes.

Established in 1893, Writtle University College has valued and nurtured its international links and is held in high regard by related industries worldwide for providing highly skilled and knowledgeable students for their chosen sectors as well as being at the forefront of world quality research and consultancy.

Please see the international students page.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Writtle University College provides a range of bursaries and scholarships which can be used to reduce the cost of your education, enhance your career prospects and to support excellence.

Please see the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01245 424280