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Subject : Landscape Architecture & Planning (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

The Landscape Architecture and Planning programme is concerned with the deliberate construction and reconstruction of the environment. It involves researching, planning and designing landscapes to create, maintain, protect and enhance locations so they are functional, meaningful, sustainable and beautiful. Landscape Architecture and Planning is concerned with the creative process of making plans and designs on various spatial scales and with different temporal horizons, with the organisation of interactive or participatory decision-making processes to generate plans and policies and with the development and management of scientific knowledge.

The study focuses primarily on the rural-urban metropolitan landscape of the Netherlands and Western Europe in a dynamic and global context of cultural, ecological, technological, economic and political transformations.

Graduates of the MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture and Planning will have:

  • the knowledge and skills to carry out an integrated analysis of the abiotic, biotic and man-made dimensions of the landscape and its historical development under the influence of natural and cultural processes;
  • the skill to find creative solutions for ecological and social problems through the development of plans and designs on diverse spatial scales and with different temporal horizons;
  • the knowledge and skill to organise decision-making processes with the aim of generating plans and policies, and to communicate with members of society;
  • the skill to formulate and conduct scientific landscape research.
  • There are three specialisations:

  • Landscape architecture, concerns the quality of the landscape: its beauty, its usefulness and its sustainability. Students in this specialisation learn the basic theory of architectural forms and design methodology and apply this to urban and rural spaces. Students use creative processes to increase or maintain the quality of the landscape - our living space. Students work on design projects such as an urban facelift or the embedding of a rural infrastructure, where functional requirements, technical feasibility and ethical aspects of design are considered.
  • Spatial planning, provides a comprehensive overview of spatial and environmental planning while focusing on the interrelationship of rural and urban land use. Research and teaching both aim at combining the relevant aspects of science, the arts, the humanities and the social sciences to provide a very broad perspective. Spatial planning focuses on planning projects and policy measures to solve complex problems concerning the use of space. Subjects offered include land policy, spatial economics and infrastructure.
  • Socio-spatial analysis, focuses on understanding and analysing the interactions that occur between people and environments. This is accomplished by examining the way globalisation frames the social and cultural structure of specific locations and regions at various scales. It deals with the experiences, images, preferences, values and interests of people.
  • Admission Requirements:
    in landscape architecture, geography, rural planning, landscape planning, or related fields.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5