MA PG Diploma
2021 start September 

Landscape Architecture

Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

Learn how to create places that protect the planet and improve the lives of the people who inhabit them with our two-year conversion course. Accredited by the Landscape Institute.
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Course description

This is a two-year conversion course for graduates who want to qualify and work as professional landscape architects. Whether you have a background in design or not, it will help you develop the skills needed for modern landscape architectural practice. 

The first year provides a thorough grounding in the design, social, technical and scientific aspects of the profession. You’ll learn about the history and theory of landscapes, develop visual and IT skills and tackle a broad range of design projects. 

The second year gives you the opportunity to specialise in landscape planning, design or management, or to take a cross-cutting approach combining more than one aspect. During the Special Project, you’ll work on a landscape architecture solution for a real-world site of your choice.

Applying for this course

We use a staged admissions process to assess applications for this course. You'll still apply for this course in the usual way, using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

Apply now

Accreditation

Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects

Modules

Core modules

  • Studio Project 1: Landscape Architecture - Nature, People, Place
  • Studio Project 2: Planning Strategies to Urban Design Proposals 
  • Research Module 1: Introduction to Landscape Research
  • Research Module 2: Landscape Research Topics
  • Landscape Research Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose two from:

  • Urban Landscape Planning
  • Strategic Landscape Planning
  • Urban Design Project
  • Landscape Design and Art Practice
  • Maintaining Green Infrastructure
  • Managing the Landscape

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

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

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

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

Assessment

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

Duration

2 years full-time

Student profile

Victoria Wade

Everything I have learnt has given me amazing grounding for my career. The support and encouragement I received from my lecturers gave me the confidence I needed to start up my own business.

Victoria Wade
MA Landscape Architecture

Entry requirements

Good honours degree, ideally in a subject related to landscape or design, for example ecology, geography, geology, architecture, engineering or fine art.

In exceptional circumstances we may be able to consider your application if you don’t have a degree but you have relevant knowledge, skills and experience through previous employment and/or study. We will be looking for your ability to study for a higher degree. This will be subject to approval at faculty level.

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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Apply

We use a staged admissions process to assess applications for this course. You'll still apply for this course in the usual way, using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

Apply now

Contact

landscape-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0617

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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    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
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