MA/PGDip Landscape Architecture

Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are the UK’s top landscape architecture department for research. Our degrees are respected by the profession and our graduates are in demand.

I decided to study Landscape Architecture after searching for graduate jobs outdoors. So far I have enjoyed everything about the course. Every day is exciting because you are challenged and learn something new. I feel grateful to be able to learn and practise something about which I am fascinated and passionate.

Tobias Edwards, MA Landscape Architecture

About this course

September 2018 start

Course description

The taught part of the course – from autumn of year one to summer of year two – leads to the Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture, which is the professionally accredited qualification. You can then continue over the summer period of your second year to complete a dissertation, leading to the award of MA.

The Special Project helps you develop your professional competence. You may specialise in design, planning or management. With guidance from a member of staff, you’ll work on a landscape architecture solution for a real-world site. You choose the site – it could be in Sheffield or in your home town, even if your home town is in another country. The work is presented in an end-of-year exhibition.

Tobias Edwards, MA Landscape Architecture

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

Examples of optional modules

Choose two from:

  • Urban Landscape Planning
  • Rural Landscape Planning
  • Urban Design Project
  • Landscape Design and Art Practice
  • Greenspace Maintenance
  • Greenspace Management

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, critical feedback sessions, site visits and practicals. You’re assessed on coursework assignments, dissertation, oral presentation and examination.

Course duration

2 years full-time

Entry requirements

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

If you don't have a degree, but you have relevant skills and experience, we may be able to consider your application. Please contact us to discuss.

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

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Professor Nigel Dunnett

Professor Nigel Dunnett

Teaches on:
MA/PGDip Landscape Architecture; MA/PGDip Landscape Studies

Research interests:
Sustainable planting design; The planting and Ecology of Green Roofs; Rain Gardens; Long- term dynamics of herbaceous vegetation.

Research focus:
Interdisciplinary research activity, focusing on the interface between ecology, design and horticulture in urban green space and built development.

Current research projects and publications

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

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Any questions

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 0617

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