Garden Design, M.A. | Writtle University College | Chelmsford, United Kingdom
12 months
14445 GBP/year
8908 GBP/year
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This Garden Design course from Writtle University College provides professional garden design education for graduates with a bachelor's degree with honours, other than landscape architecture/garden design who wish to become professional garden designers.


If you have a degree in geography, biology, horticulture, environmental science, arts, interior architecture or architecture, you are suitable to apply to this Garden Design programme from Writtle University College. In addition, we have successful graduates who came from diverse backgrounds and varied careers, such as teachers, managers, theatre set designers, artists, scientists and many more.

Degree structure

1st year: Conversion course

In order to apply to this course, you should select ’Master of Landscape Architecture Programme’, as the first year is shared by conversion landscape architecture and garden design students. The curriculum is based on the necessary set of skills and knowledge that both groups share and learn together in a variety of modules ranging from planting design and ecological principles, design studios and construction. In this year you will learn spatial design principles in our design studios while also working in our campus-wide outdoor studios and glass houses.

Creative design studio culture

Conversion students share the design studio with other landscape and garden design students. Our design studio culture is part of the teaching and learning experience where students have the opportunity to experience a professional design working environment and teamwork within a dynamic and creative environment.

2nd year progression

In your 2nd year you will be automatically enrolled to MA Garden Design programme after successful completion of the conversion year where you will continue with your studies in the MA Garden Design programme.

Delivery and Assessment

The MA in Garden Design course engages in this method of teaching by organising its professional programmes through lectures, seminars, studio and site visits as a critical combination for learning. As a studio-based design course, Garden Design is taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape and garden theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. These modules are accompanied by study i.e. in professional practice and garden technology and construction. 

Career Prospects

Graduates will gain the intellectual, organisational, communication and technical skills and tools needed in a profession that must understand and create gardens and designed landscapes through social, cultural, ecological and economic implications of sites, communities and regions.

Career possibilities for graduates include working for garden design practices, private or public organisations and gardens, community-led outreach work, writing and media projects, and teaching in the fields of garden design.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Garden Context Studio
  • Advanced Garden Design Studio
  • Research Methods
  • Garden Theories, Arts and Applications
  • Designed Landscape Management
  • Philosophical and Cultural Approaches to the Garden

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

To secure a place, students should submit their application as early as possible. However, if places are left, we may consider applications up to the 30 June


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates from the United Kingdom higher education sector will normally hold a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in the fields of architecture, geography, environmental studies, art, interior design or history .
  • Prospective students with a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in another discipline but with significant work experience in garden design or related areas will also be considered for entrance on the masters' programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14445 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14445 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    8908 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8908 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Part-time (Home Students only):

  • £742 per 15 credit module

Living costs for Chelmsford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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