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.

Core modules

  • Landscape Architecture: Nature, Design, and People
  • Urban Ecological Design and Management
  • Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Urbanism and Design
  • Introduction to Landscape Research
  • Research Proposal and Dissertation Preparation
  • Landscape Research Dissertation

Optional modules

A choice of two from:

  • Urban Landscape Planning
  • Rural Landscape Planning
  • Urban Design Project
  • Landscape Design and Art Practice
  • Greenspace Maintenance
  • Greenspace Management


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Critical feedback sessions
  • Site visits
  • Practicals


  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation
  • Oral presentation
  • Examination

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Peter Robinson, postgraduate in the Department of Landscape

The course allows me to be creative and produce workable solutions ... I love that we can change peoples lives through landscape and planning whilst improving the environment.

Peter Robinson, MA Landscape Architecture

Key facts

Course duration

2 years full-time

Entry requirements

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.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

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.

Professional accreditation

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.

About us

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

Professor Nigel Dunnett

Teaches on:
MA/PGDip Landscape Architecture; MA/PGDip Landscape Studies

Research interests:
Sustainable planting design; The planting and Ecology of Green Roofs; Rain Gardens; Long- term dynamics of herbaceous vegetation.

Research focus:
Interdisciplinary research activity, focusing on the interface between ecology, design and horticulture in urban green space and built development.

Current research projects and publications

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 0617