Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code K3K4
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home students Overseas students Fee status help
Related subjects Landscape Architecture Architecture Planning

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Ms Emma Shaw
Department of Landscape Architecture
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0602

Department of Landscape

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Course description

The aim of this course is to train landscape architects who understand planning and how design proposals affect the environment. You'll study urban theory, planning and practice, and the complex relationship between people and the environment.

This combination of design skills and broader knowledge is good preparation for a career working alongside other environmental design professionals.

Accreditation allows graduates to pursue their professional qualification in landscape architecture and become a licentiate Member of the Landscape Institute, ready to start their Pathway to Chartership and become a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI).

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Art and design qualifications are not a requirement, but evidence of potential in drawing and graphic communication is highly desirable
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Landscape Architecture website

First year

Core modules:

Current Challenges in Planning, Design and Management
Histories of Landscape Architecture
Presentation, Communication and Research Skills
Space Making
The Changing Landscape
The Dynamic Landscape

Second year

Core modules:

Ecological Processes, Design & Management
Field Study Trip
Landscape Design - Exploration and Intervention
Landscape Planning for a Changing World
Materials of Landscape - Construction Design
Materials of Landscape - Planting Design

Third year

Core modules:

Integrated Urban Design Project
Landscape Planning - Urban Regeneration
Landscape Planning Toolkits
Materials of Landscape - Detailed Design
Site Planning For Sustainable Housing
Sustainable Communities

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.

Department of Landscape Architecture

The Arts Tower

Landscape architecture is about the design, planning and management of places that benefit people and nature. Landscape architects create spaces between buildings that are both inspirational and functional. If you have a flair for creativity and a passion for improving the environment and people's lives, then landscape architecture could be for you.

You'll learn from experts who are involved in some of the most exciting landscape design work in the world today.

Sheffield is a dynamic city and an ideal place in which to study landscape architecture. Its changing face has been shaped by department-led initiatives like Grey to Green and Love Square, which give students the chance to be involved with live projects and see the difference landscape architecture can make. Sheffield combines the urban with awe-inspiring views of the neighbouring Peak District, making it a rich learning and research environment.

We believe that landscape architecture is best learned outdoors, so field trips and site visits are an essential part of your learning. Plant and tree walks will improve your botanical knowledge, while history lectures will take place in the grounds of some of the most significant landscapes in the UK. Third year students go on a week-long trip - most recently to Reykjavik, Vienna and Munich - the cost of which is included in your course fee.

Department of Landscape Architecture website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are in demand: the latest figures show that 100% of our home undergraduate students secured employment or further study within six months of graduation. Industry figures come to our end-of-year exhibition and advertise vacancies with us. Our graduates work all over the world and find employment in private practice, community development agencies, local authorities and national governments. Alumni include a former President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and multiple RHS medal winners.

Student profile

"What I most enjoy about the course is that it focuses on enhancing the lifestyle of individuals and communities through design. I also like that there's a very dynamic atmosphere within the're constantly surrounded by views of Sheffield through every single window."

Kelci Vittachi
BA Landscape Architecture

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