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Institute for life, food and horticultural sciences and landscaping

Landscaping and Engineering MSc

At the end of general training in horticulture and landscaping (core course), students acquire advanced knowledge in the fields of development and landscaping (from territory to public space, from rural to urban), and in particular project management, contracting assistance, landscape engineering, regional and landscape management.

According to the European Landscape Convention, “Landscape is an area whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors”. This definition of landscape brings together two different terms: territory and perception.
Territory reflects the relationship between a society and a space.
This is a dynamic concept, since it describes the interaction between two systems in co-evolution:
• on the one hand, an anthropogenic system describing the objectives of occupation of the space (agriculture, urbanisation, road infrastructure, marshland drainage, etc.).
• on the other hand, a biophysical system describing the physical space with its biotic and abiotic components.
Landscape perception describes the relationship individuals have with their environment, a relationship reflected in different representations as well as expectations, in so far as modern societies express a desire to support, or even to compensate for, regional development policies.

The selection of an option in the final year allows students to focus on narrower areas in which they will become experts.
M2 lessons are organised around 3 options.

MSc 1st year (M1)

This thoroughly multi-disciplinary course is organised around both theory and practice related to the following disciplinary areas:
• economics, humanities and social sciences: social geography, law, economics, management and languages.
• biophysical sciences: ecology, hydrology, geomorphology and pedology.
• tools and skills in design and construction: landscape projects, graphic communication, CAD/CADD, computer graphics, geographical information systems, aerial photography and engineering.
The MSc 1st year lessons are comprised of teaching units and constitutive units, some of which are compulsory and some of which are chosen as options in accordance with students’ career plans.

MSc 2nd year (M2)

MSc 2nd year lessons are based around four majors, each including a final 6-month internship leading to the defence of a thesis.

In line with their professional project, students can choose a major:



Agricultural economics
Engineering of urban vegetal areas
Environmental engineering
Landscape project, site and territory
Landscape, operation and project

- coupled with an AGROCAMPUS OUEST research-oriented master’s (M2)


Eco-engineering of wetlands
Landscapes, environment, participation, society
Remote sensing, environment