Sketch book by 3rd year student

How to Apply

All applications must be made using the University's Postgraduate on-line Application Form at:

All postal applications and supporting information must be sent to Postgraduate Taught Course Admissions at this address.

What to send with your application

It will help us to process your application quickly if you send the following information together with your application form, or if you have applied on line, as soon as possible after submitting it:

  • Two references by academic staff at institution where you studies previously or former employers (for detailed instruction please go to
  • A certified copy of your degree certificate or any other qualification relied upon in support of your application
  • A certified copy transcript of the marks awarded to you in connection with your degree (if applicable)
  • A short portfolio containing examples of your visual work. This could be any visual/creative output including drawings or images that you produced in connection with you first degree. If your first degree was in a non-visual discipline then it would be helpful if you could send us examples of other art work, such as landscape drawings or sketches, or other responses to landscape. (Portfolio requirement only applies to the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture (LSCT123) and to the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Studies (LSCT124).
  • (European and Overseas applicants only) A certified copy of your English Language qualification – currently IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component) or University equivalents. Further guidance can be found here
  • Certified translations for the degree certificate and the final transcript.

A supporting statement

You should supply a statement of at least 300 words giving your reasons for applying and any other information you want to include in support of your application. Among the issues you may wish to cover are how your previous education and experience relates to the course, and how the course fits into your long-term academic or career plans.

Guidance on portfolio submission

(Portfolio requirement only applies to the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture (LSCT123) and to the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Studies (LSCT124))

  • Applicants with a degree and/or work experience in a design related discipline/profession should send us examples of their work in this field: 3-5 projects that demonstrate critical engagement with a subject and skill in interpreting it in drawings and models.
  • Other applicants may send us any previous visual/creative/landscape work they have done e.g. Art/design work done at school; craft/hobby outputs; photographs of garden/planting design. They should also send us some landscape drawings/images (not photographs). We suggest roughly 6 pieces of work. We recommend that you draw a landscape that evokes a strong response in you or that you are interested in. The emphasis should be on conveying the characteristics and qualities of this landscape as vividly and clearly as possible. You may use any media (pencil, charcoal, watercolour etc). We are not looking for technical competence at this stage but rather a commitment to expressing your ideas about landscape in a visual format. You may use a combination of words and text (restricted to 150 words).
  • Portfolios must be submitted digitally as a single pdf or a powerpoint file. They should be no more than 20 pages in length and 25 MB in size. We currently don't accept portfolios sent by weblinks, so please upload your portfolio directly to your online application. Please ensure that your name appears in both the file name and in the portfolio itself.

What happens after your application is received?

student sketch and students building modelGraduate Admissions will then send a copy of your application to the Department of Landscape, together with your supporting information.

Upon receipt of your application form, Graduate Admissions will send you an acknowledgment e-mail containing your unique Graduate Application number. In all subsequent correspondence this number should be quoted, along with your name and the course and Department to which you have applied. Once you have received your Graduate Application number you can follow the progress of your application by using the on-line Application Tracking System at:

We would also recommend that you look at the University of Sheffield's Web Site, which provides extensive information about the University, City and student facilities. You are also welcome to attend one of our postgraduate open days before you apply to find out more about the Department and our courses. At the open day you will have a chance to tour the Department as well as meeting members of staff and existing and prospective students. You will also learn more about the structure and content of the courses, and about teaching methods, and you will be able to see examples of students' work.

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