2019 start
PG Diploma

Landscape Studies

Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

Join the UK’s only independent Landscape Architecture department and develop advanced skills for practice outside of the UK, with our one-year, intensive masters in landscape studies.
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Course description

MA Landscape Studies is an intensive one-year course that provides a thorough grounding in the core skills needed by the Landscape profession. You’ll learn alongside the first year of MA Landscape Architecture, in an intellectually challenging and supportive environment. You’ll gain a broad range of knowledge: from history and theory, ecology and vegetation management, social studies to media tools and communication workshops.

MA Landscape studies is ideal for international students, who don’t require professional accreditation or UK students who want to benefit from an in-depth knowledge of landscape and a wide range of transferable skills. There is an opportunity to transfer to MA Landscape Architecture at the end of the year.

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Core modules

  • Landscape Architecture: Nature, Design, and People
  • Urban Ecological Design and Management
  • Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Urbanism and Design
  • Introduction to Landscape Research
  • Research Proposal and Dissertation Preparation
  • Landscape Research Dissertation


Teaching and learning take place in the studio and out on site. There are lectures, seminars and workshops with support from tutors, as well as opportunities for individual and collaborative working.


You’re assessed on coursework assignments, dissertation, oral presentation and examination.


1 year full-time

MA Landscape Studies has helped me to understand ecology and biodiversity and has taught me how to find solutions to counter problems like global warming, urban flooding, anti-social activity and species extinction. The best parts of the course are going on site visits and plant walks, developing sketching techniques and the exchange of international cultures.

Tirthankar Chakraborty
MA Landscape Studies

Entry requirements

Good undergraduate honours degree in a related subject.

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

Mel Burton

We’re unique as a landscape department in that we can deliver the full breadth of landscape specialisms in-house through our team of internationally recognised academics. We complement this by working with landscape practices and our alumni, as professional landscape architects, to ensure our teaching is practice relevant and address current issues.

Mel Burton
Director of Learning and Teaching


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.