Depending on your personal ambitions, the MLP MSc programme offers two different career tracks:
1. You can focus on professional and design issues if your aim is to work as a reflective practitioner in the public or private design sector;
2. Your focus can be more research-oriented, for example if you intend to continue with a PhD research after graduation or if you intend to work as a landscape researcher.
The following courses form the common part of the programme: Reflections on Planning and Design Practices, Landscape Theory and Analysis, Research Methodology for Planning and Design and the Atelier for Planning and Design. These are combined with two modular skills training courses.
Reflections on Planning and Design Practices
Reflections on Planning and Design Practices offers a historical and geographical comparative perspective on planning and design practices. You learn about specific theories and related concepts, methods and skills which together make up a toolkit with which you can critically observe and reflect on planning and design practices.
Landscape Theory and Analysis
Landscape Theory and Analysis enables you to understand and analyse landscapes from three different theoretical perspectives: Landscapes as an object; a cultural construct; and an experience. In the course, you learn to make the link between these theoretical perspectives and the analysis tools you use in planning and design practice.
Research Methodology for Planning and Design
In this course, you are challenged to evaluate the adequacy of existing planning and design methods, to make a choice among them, and to critically reflect on their feasibility when addressing specific research questions.
Atelier Landscape Architecture and Planning OR Research Master's Cluster: Proposal Writing
In the Atelier Landscape Architecture and Planning course, you, together with students from many other disciplines, team up in small project groups to address real-world planning and design issues. The assignments you work on are extremely varied as they have been set by clients from many different backgrounds, such as local or regional governments, NGOs or citizen groups.
You and your team explore the relevant information and interact with relevant stakeholders, transforming your ideas into elaborate designs and strategies for their implementation. Working as an interdisciplinary team allows you to view the information from different perspectives, and translate this into an advice, often in the form of a design, on future actions for their client.
If you choose the programme’s research track, you will take the Academic Research Proposal Course instead of the Atelier Landscape Architecture and Planning, which helps you acquire and/or improve your professional skills in writing and defending a scientific research proposal.
The two specialisations within the MSc programme include courses (12 ECTS) which specifically focus on either specialisation: Landscape Architecture or Spatial Planning.
For this specialisation, you complete two design studios, both with a different design approach and scale level. The Master Studio Park Design: a Narrative Approach is about the design of a park, an estate or a public space. You focus on the design of these in a real urban context, using systematic context research: a ‘narrative’ and the decorative design tradition. In the second design studio, Atelier Regional Landscape Architecture: a Systems Approach, you focus on a more complex assignment with a regional / metropolitan / infrastructural nature.
For this specialisation, you take the Planning, Society and Innovation and the Planning Theory courses. In the first course, you learn to deliver a comprehensive planning advice for an assignment related to contemporary socio-political debates, and which is of strategic relevance to the development of the area or region examined. Your advice includes clear components of technological, governance and / or design innovation. In the second course, you gain deeper insights into the nature and goals of spatial planning.
The MLP programme offers a number of optional courses (6 ECTS each). You select one of these to deepen your knowledge and skills in the field of:
- Climate and Energy by doing the course Climate- responsive Planning and Design or;
- Culture and Economy by doing the course Global Landscapes and Place-Making or;
- Food and Health by doing the course Foodscapes Urban Lifestyles and Transition
Once you have completed one of these entry courses, you can enrol in other courses in that specific field of study and use the other 12 ECTS to compose your own minor. However, you can also choose from a range of optional courses (up to 12 ECTS) of your own interest.
If you choose to do a minor in one of the three fields above, you can choose to continue with a minor thesis in this specific field in your second year in addition to your major thesis.
In your second year, you work on an internship or minor thesis, as well as your major thesis.
Internship or minor thesis?
Depending on your background and your career orientation, you can either do an internship or a minor thesis. If you are considering a career in research, or you already have worked in the professional field, you can choose to deepen your research skills and experience by doing a minor thesis. If you would like to explore the professional practice of landscape architects and/or spatial planners, we advise the internship.
Your major thesis
The major thesis (36 ECTS) is your final product! Your thesis demonstrates that you can independently conduct a research or a research-based planning or design project. Although it is an individual project, you are encouraged to connect with other students working on projects in a broader context. You select your own thesis subjects which fit one of the research themes of your Chair group’s specialisation.