How to apply

Read our guidance on applying to study in the Department of Landscape Architecture, which is designed to give you the best chance of a successful application.

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What to send with your application

When applying, you will be required to submit the following documents via our online application system. You are not required to send any hard copies to the department.

Supporting materials
  • A CV
  • A supporting 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
  • Two references by academic staff at institution where you studies previously or former employers
  • 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.
  • Certified translations for the degree certificate and the final transcript.

Your portfolio

For applicants to MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture (LSCT123) and MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Studies (LSCT124) only

The admission team is interested in reviewing your highest quality of work. Your portfolio should be a well-edited representation of your interests and skills in fields related to landscape architecture.

Your portfolio should demonstrate the depth and breadth of your experience and potential in studying landscape architecture. Anything included must be your own work. We are particularly interested in evidence of individual creativity and originality rather than a formulaic or derivative submission.

A landscape portfolio

Applicants with a degree and/or work experience in a design-related discipline

Three projects that demonstrate critical engagement with topics related to the field of landscape architecture, for example schemes exploring urban ecological sustainability or social aspects of contemporary environments.

Each project needs to be clearly introduced with information such as:

  • the name of the project
  • year of completion
  • aims and objectives
  • name of tutor, if relevant

The portfolio should demonstrate your representational skills including drawing and models as well as your ability to engage with advanced studies in landscape architecture.

Other applicants

Roughly six examples of any previous visual/creative/landscape work, such as:

  • art/design work done at school
  • craft/hobby outputs
  • photographs of garden/planting design

Applicants should also send some landscape drawings/images (not photographs).

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 file
  • A3 equivalent single spread
  • no more than 12 pages in length and 25 MB in size

Please note

We 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.

If you submit a portfolio that exceeds 12 pages, or you submit a 12 page double spread portfolio,  we will ask you to reduce the content giving you 4 weeks to do so.  If we do not receive a revised portfolio from you after this time we will automatically reject your application.  However, if you need longer than four weeks to make the necessary adjustments please contact us.

What happens after your application is received?

Your application will be reviewed by a panel of academic selectors within the department of Landscape.  As we receive a large volume of applications, the most being received between November and March, we will review and make decisions in stages at the following times:

Review Day 1 - Friday November 27th 2020
Decisions to be made on all complete applications received between September to November 2020

Review Day 2 - Friday 22nd January 2021
Decisions to be made on all complete applications received between November 2020 to January 2021

Review Day 3 - Friday 27th February 2021
Decisions to be made on all complete applications received between January 2021 to February 2021

All complete applications received from March 2021 will be reviewed on a ongoing basis.

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