2020 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

This course provides a foundation in landscape architecture. You’ll explore different aspects of the discipline, learn skills and write a dissertation on a landscape topic that matters to you. If you complete this course, you may be able to join the second year of the MA Landscape Architecture and work towards a professional qualification.

The end-of-year exhibition gives you the chance to present your work to prospective employers.

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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


There are lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, critical feedback sessions, site visits and practicals.

Teaching and learning take place in the studio and out on site.


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 score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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.