Landscape Architecture


Mana Taheri: My Tartu

The story of an Iranian architect who came to Tartu to study Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences.


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Admission requirements
Department of Landscape Architecture 
Chair of Landscape Architecture


About the programme

Landscape Architecture is a discipline that focuses on intervention in the landscape through the activities of planning, design, and management. It also focuses on the science that underpins these activities and the implementation of proposals.  It is united around the concept of landscape, which is defined in various ways but is generally understood to mean outdoor spaces, environments and places and relationships between people and these spaces, environments, and places, both in terms of activities and perceptions. 

Landscape Architecture is concerned with landscapes of all types, both urban and rural, and at all scales from the smallest open space to the region.

The curriculum builds on the level of achievement expected at bachelor level with in-depth studies of a range of more specialized subjects covering both practical and theoretical fields, including ones which have special aspects suitable for study in Estonia.

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Teaching methods

In the programme, we use a mix of individual study and group project work. Teaching modes range from formal lectures and seminars or field trips to tuition on studio-based design projects, opportunities for research range from library-based research to field work.


Assessment methods include writing examination papers, essays, and reports, but also hand-drawn or digital graphic-based plans and images. We consider open, public presentation and criticism of design projects important. We discuss realistic planning, design or management problems, which form the basis of the project work. A relatively large proportion of the curriculum is dedicated to design studios, field visits, and research.


Learning outcomes

Chair professor of our landscape architecture study programs is Simon Bell. The students become professional landscape architects recognized both in Estonia and internationally.

The programme equips students with appropriate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • the physical and natural systems and processes and the complex range of social, economic and cultural factors that interact together to shape the landscape
  • the theories and concepts underlying the practice of landscape architecture
  • the range of techniques and materials used in landscape architecture
  • the professional, legal, the institutional and administrative context in which landscape architecture is practiced, including, where appropriate, contract law and landscape specification
  • the social, cultural and environmental values and ethical issues relevant to practice as a landscape architect, with particular emphasis on the role of sustainability
  • the interface between the different areas of the landscape profession and between landscape architecture and other professions

The programme also equips students with the advanced skills that are essential to prepare for study and critical and reflective practice in landscape architecture. Skills include:

  • to interpret or develop a brief, through research, analysis, and exploration
  • to identify, analyze, synthesize and apply appropriate data and information to support the development of solutions through design
  • to generate, develop and evaluate creative, innovative and appropriate design solutions and proposals
  • to employ a range of relevant techniques and materials to specify and implement creative designs
  • to conduct most aspects of the professional practice of landscape architecture


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Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be able to work in professional practice in private design offices, in local government or government agencies throughout Europe and beyond where their skills are needed. They may also use the master degree as a basis for entering a doctoral programme.


Financing your studies

The Estonian University of Life Sciences offers 1 scholarship (a tuition fee free study place, no extra money for living and travel included) for the 2024 intake for candidates not from Estonia. Also the Estonian University of Life Sciences offers 2 targeted scholarships for the 2024 intake for candidates from Ukraine (citizens of Ukraine). The scholarships will be awarded to the candidates with the highest amount of admission points and by default, all candidates are considered as applicants to the scholarship. In order to maintain the scholarship during the whole nominal period of studies, the scholarship recipient must comply with the requirements set for full-time study (30 European Credit Transfer System credit points (ECTS) in each semester). If not, the scholarship recipient shall cover his/her cost of tuition, pursuant to the University Council Regulation "Terms and Procedure for Covering the Cost of Tuition in Formal Study", for the remaining study period.

The decision about awarding scholarships will be announced latest on the 21st of June.

Students with Ukrainian citizenship who are admitted for studies at the University with a targeted scholarship student place are exempt from paying the dormitory rent for the nominal duration of their studies

Study loans are offered through Erasmus+ for master students from Spain, Italy (Emilia Romagna region), Croatia, Romania and Turkey. See here to find out more.


Contact details

For admission requirements:

Vaike Reisner
Department of Academic Affairs

For programme contents, portfolio requirements:

Mana Taheri
programme coordinator





Admission period is open, apply now!


Programme duration: 2 years

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering

Language: English

Application fee: 100 euros (non-refundable)

Tuition fee: 3800 EUR/year

Scholarships: 1 targeted scholarship (a tuition fee free study place, no extra money for living and travel included) for candidates not from Estonia; 2 targeted scholarships for candidates from Ukraine (citizens of Ukraine).


Admission is opened since:

February 1, 2024


Admission deadline:

April 10, 2024 (non-EU candidates)

May 31, 2024 (EU/EEA, Switzerland, Georgian, UK and Turkish candidates)

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