MA/PGDip Landscape Architecture
Department of Landscape, Faculty of Social Sciences
This is the UK's top landscape department for research. Our degrees are respected by the profession and our graduates are in demand.
We believe landscape architecture has a vital role to play in addressing ecological and social issues. We stand for social inclusion, creativity and the right to challenge accepted wisdom.
Our staff include professors Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough, whose revolutionary work on London's Olympic park captured the world's imagination. Piet Oudolf, legendary designer of New York's High Line, is a visiting professor.
About this course
The taught part of the course - from autumn of year one to summer of year two - leads to the professionally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.
There are lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, critical feedback sessions, site visits and practicals. We also bring in landscape architects for tutorials and studio reviews.
The Special Project develops your competence. Supported by an academic, you'll work on a landscape architecture solution for a real-world site. This could be in Sheffield or in your home town. Even if your home town is in another country.
Over the summer of your second year, you'll work on a dissertation, leading to the award of MA. The end-of-year exhibition gives you the chance to present your work to prospective employers.
A choice of two from:
2 years full-time
Good honours degree, ideally in a subject related to landscape or design, for example ecology, geography, geology, architecture, engineering or fine art. If you don't have a degree, but you have relevant skills and experience, we may be able to consider your application. Please contact us to discuss.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
Our graduates work all over the world, in private practice and for public organisations. Some work for councils and national parks or for wildlife trusts. Others go into conservation and forestry.
Our graduates also work in administration and policy making for organisations such as Natural England and DEFRA.
Our Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects.
A creative environment
Each year group has access to a studio. You'll use the latest technology, just as you would in practice. Our computer suites are equipped with CAD and digital imaging and publishing software, and A4–A0 colour printing facilities.
We're based in the Arts Tower, an iconic, Grade II* listed building which has just had a £25 million refurbishment. Our studios are equipped with wireless and digital projection facilities, portfolio and locker space. And you have your own kitchen and common room.
In the UK's greenest city
Sheffield is an exciting place to be a landscape student. It's England's fourth largest city and also its greenest in terms of public open space and tree cover. The many urban parks and extensive green infrastructure provide inspiration for much of our project work.
We are a world-leading department - the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us the best landscape department in the UK. World leading research informs our masters courses. You’ll be taught by leading experts.
We offer taught courses including design, management, planning, and the ecological, social and cultural aspects of landscape.
You'll be taught by leading experts such as Catherine Dee, Anna Jorgensen, Nigel Dunnett, and Olympic meadows co-designer James Hitchmough.
Professor Nigel Dunnett
MA/PGDip Landscape Architecture; MA/PGDip Landscape Studies
Sustainable planting design; The planting and Ecology of Green Roofs; Rain Gardens; Long- term dynamics of herbaceous vegetation.
Interdisciplinary research activity, focusing on the interface between ecology, design and horticulture in urban green space and built development.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us: