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Landscape Architecture BA/BSc

Level One

Level Two

Level Three

  • LSC115 Current Challenges in Planning, Design and Management
  • LSC116 Space Making
  • LSC117 Presentation, Communication and Research Skills
  • LSC118 Histories of Landscape Architecture
  • LSC119 The Changing Landscape
  • LSC120 The Dynamic Landscape
  • LSC230 Ecological Processes, Design and Management
  • LSC231 Materials of Landscape - Planting Design
  • LSC232 Sustainable Communities
  • LSC233 Materials of Landscape - Construction Design
  • LSC234 Landscape Design - Exploration and Intervention
  • LSC304 Site Planning for Sustainable Housing
  • LSC338 Field Study Trip
  • LSC332 Integrated Urban Design Project
  • LSC333 Materials of Landscape - Detailed Design

BSc (Ecology)

  • LSC235 Landscape Ecology - Habitat Survey Techniques

BSc (Ecology)

  • LSC334 Green Infrastructure and Ecological Masterplanning
  • LSC335 Landscape Ecology - Habitat Creation and Restoration

BA (Planning)

  • LSC236 Landscape Planning for a Changing World

BA (Planning)

  • LSC336 Landscape Planning Toolkits
  • LSC337 Landscape Planning - Urban Regeneration

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

On completing your BSc or BA degree you will take a year out in practice and you may work for a year in either a private Landscape Design practice a Local Authority or for a voluntary organization such as a Groundwork Trust. Although we help you, finding this work is part of the challenge that you undertake. Depending on your degree and work experience you may then return to complete the final MLA year. This course is also fully accredited by the Landscape Institute.

Teaching Methods

The studio is at the heart of our undergraduate courses. In this shared learning environment students will be encouraged to work both collaboratively and individually in order to progressively develop their knowledge and skills through a carefully coordinated sequence of ‘real’ projects which will explore different landscape challenges and typologies. Each semester will focus on a single project site and will be taught by a team of staff that will include: academics, dedicated studio tutors and guest practitioners.

Feeding directly into the studio project is a series of core modules that will progressively develop knowledge in landscape architecture theory and practice. The modules are grouped into four key areas: (1) Design, which will include history, people, place, process and communication; (2) Planning, with courses in policy, governance, sustainable environments and urban regeneration; (3) Ecological design and management which includes ecological processes, plant communities and biodiversity; and (4) Materials of landscape with courses in planting and construction design and detailing.

Each twelve-week semester is loosely divided in two. The first six/eight weeks will focus on acquiring and developing new knowledge and skills through a rich mix of learning methods including: lecture courses, fieldtrips, seminars and workshops. The workshops, for example, might include developing skills in: drawing, computer graphics, group work, plant identification, report writing and surveying plant communities. The studio project, which will be introduced at the start of each semester, will gradually grow in importance as the semester progresses. In the final six weeks of the semester it will be the principle focus of activity and will provide a context in which to apply and reflect on the material delivered at the beginning of the semester. Through this process there is an opportunity to digest and reflect on theory and practice and apply and test these ideas and ways of working by addressing a ‘real’ landscape challenge. The studio will include: small group and individual tutorials and interim reviews which will provide formative feedback.

Field Visits: Field visits are an extremely important part of the course. Visiting, analysing and evaluating different landscapes and designs is a very important part of your development as a Landscape Architect. In the first year, visits focus on the immediate landscape and are intended to familiarise you with the special qualities and character of the area in and around Sheffield. In the second year there are field excursions that provide training in the description and analysis of vegetation using standard protocols used by professionals, and studies of the effects of management on ecosystems.. The third year starts with a week long field trip to a major European City. Previous destinations have included Barcelona, Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin and Amsterdam.


The main form of assessment throughout the course is project work, which is submitted for assessment in a portfolio. The portfolio will include the studio design project along with other forms of assessment such as: reports, essays, design journals and reflective tutorial notebooks. The portfolio is important in bringing together different modules and enabling each student to reflect on their learning and progression throughout the course. Formal examinations may be used to assess introductory level one lecture courses.

Each student will receive summative written feedback at the end of each module and will also have an opportunity to review their portfolio with their personal tutor. Throughout each module students will also be given regular feedback in small group tutorials and interim project reviews. This feedback is important in providing each student with an opportunity to further develop his or her work before it is submitted for assessment.

More about teaching and assessment.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.