Fees and funding

Information on fees, funding, and additional costs when you study in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

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Home and EU students

The University provides information for prospective home and EU undergraduates including details on tuition fees, student loans and available sources of financial assistance throughout your studies.

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International students

Fee and funding information is also available for international students on our central University pages.

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Textbooks and recommended reading

There are no compulsory texts for the undergraduate Landscape Architecture courses, however, the following are recommended reading:

  • Dee, C. (2001) Form and Fabric in Landscape Architecture, London: Spon Press.

Cathy Dee is a senior lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield. Her book on landscape design is a core introductory text for the many UK and International landscape courses. It provides an excellent introduction to the key principles of landscape design and is used extensively in the first-year design studio.

  • Boults, E and Sullivan C (2010) Illustrated History of Landscape Design, New Jersey Wiley and Sons

This book is a very accessible introduction to the international history of landscape architecture and includes lots of illustrations and examples. It will give you a good background to the key landscape movements and importantly their social and political context.

  • Hutchinson, E (2011) Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Sketch to Screen to Site, London: Thames and Hudson

This is an excellent introduction to a wide range of graphic styles for landscape architects. Edward Hutchinson is a practicing Landscape Architect. His book brings together examples from a wide range of projects that he has worked on.

What sets this book apart from similar publications is its focus on landscape and the unique challenges and opportunities of communicating the temporal qualities of outdoor spaces.

Similar publications tend to draw on architectural styles and examples that are not always appropriate to the discipline of landscape architecture.

  • Philips, R. and Rix, M. (1989) Shrubs, London: Pan Books Ltd
  • Philips, R. Grant, S, Wellsted, T. & White, J. etal (1978) Trees in Britain, Europe and North America, London: Pan Books Ltd

These two books are a great introduction to tree and shrub identification and include large colour images of the key features.

They will continue to be useful in developing your plant knowledge throughout your studies. They are available in paperback and hardback and there are usually second-hand copies on Amazon.

  • Benson, JF (Ed) and Roe, MH (Ed) Landscape and Sustainability (2000) Taylor & Francis

This unique book is about landscape, sustainability and the practices of the professions which plan, design and manage landscapes at many scales and in many locations; urban, suburban and rural.

Despite the ubiquity of 'sustainability' as a concept, this is the first book to address the relationship between landscape architecture and sustainability in a comprehensive way.

Available through the University library as an ebook.

Additional materials and stationary

Although none of the following is compulsory, we recommend that students have:

A3 Cartridge paper sketch pad and bulldog clips. We will be drawing outside weather permitting so bulldog clips are essential if it is windy.

A3 pad of Layout paper or similar. This is a lightweight paper which is useful for technical drawing.

A roll of tracing paper or (much cheaper) baking paper/greaseproof paper. Try not to get one that is too waxy.

Selection of pencils 2B or softer. It would also be good to have a few soft pastels or charcoal.

Technical drawing pens. A small selection of disposable fibre tip pens of different sizes coloured pencils. You don't need to buy many (10 to 15) but try to get good quality for example Berol, Caran D'ache.

Watercolours. Small box set, student quality and a large brush no smaller than size 10.

Scale rule. This should include the following scales, 1:10, 1:100, 1:20, 1:200, 1:5, 1:500, 1:1250, 1:2500. The triangular (in section) scale rules are the easiest to work with.

Model making. You will be using models in your first semester both to develop your design proposals and to demonstrate your final design. It is useful to have your own scissors, masking tape, glue, modelling knife and plasticine.

Digital camera. Phone cameras are fine provided with the image is of a suitable quality. You will need it for field trips, site surveys, plant identification, recording your studio work and taking pictures of your design models.


Compulsory (non-residential) field trips

Undergraduate students will undertake a number of site visits throughout their studies. In most cases, these are provided free of charge.

Where public transport is used for site visits in the Sheffield area, students will be expected to pay for their own.


Compulsory (residential) field trips including accommodation

Travel and accommodation for the residential field trip that takes place at the beginning of year three are provided by the Department of Landscape Architecture. Students will be required to provide their own food.


Professional accreditation exams

At the end of their studies, students who wish to become chartered landscape professionals will have to become a Licentiate member of the Landscape Institute, before completing a Pathway to Chartership.

More information can be found on the Landscape Institute’s website.


Compulsory study aids

The following specification is recommended for your own desktop/laptop. An Intel i7 (or equivalent) processor or higher, at least 16GB RAM, and a dedicated graphics card (at least 2gb recommended) instead of one that's integrated into the motherboard (this isn't essential but will really help when working with 3d modelling etc.).

PC or Mac is down to personal preference.


Additional fees

Information about additional fees such as re-examinations, continuations, re-submission, and writing up can be found at the Student Services and Information Desk.

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