MA Landscape Research

Department of Landscape/Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 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 the course

This course enables you to research and write a dissertation on a specialist topic within the field of landscape design and landscape science. As well as earning a masters, you'll graduate with a research proposal that can then form the basis of a PhD.

The course is taught jointly with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Course content

Compulsory core modules provide background in research techniques and approaches. Optional modules focus on specialist areas within landscape and planning studies.


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials


  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

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Peter Robinson, postgraduate in the Department of Landscape

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject such as ecology, geography, architecture, engineering or fine art.

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.

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.

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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