Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code KK13
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Landscape Architecture Architecture

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Sam Guest
Undergraduate Administrator
Telephone +44 114 222 0349

School of Architecture

3rd in the UK for architecture
The Guardian University Guide 2020; The Complete University Guide 2020

94% overall satisfaction
National Student Survey 2019

Course description

This course offers a unique opportunity to gain a professional qualification from the RIBA and the Landscape Institute. It includes core modules from architecture and landscape and specialist modules that address our principle aim: the integration of architecture and landscape design. In the first year you might develop proposals for a small building in a public landscape. By the third year the focus may be on a substantial piece of urban design.

This course offers a unique opportunity to become a leading urban designer of the future. The programme leads to qualifications in both disciplines, making for highly employable graduates with truly holistic and critical awareness of the built environment.

The course takes advantage of the close relationship between two of the country's leading architecture and landscape architecture courses.

Lectures are delivered by staff from both departments at the forefront of their field, ensuring that a rich, diverse and current knowledge base is delivered. This knowledge is then used to support studio teaching where it is tested and developed through a variety of studio-based design projects.

The course framework offers modules from architecture and landscape and specialist, course-specific modules that address the principle aim of the course: the integration of architecture and landscape design. In the first year projects might include developing proposals for a small building in a public landscape. By the third year the brief for the building and its environment will be more complex and may focus on a substantial piece of urban design.

The course is accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and gives exemption from RIBA and LI Part 1, making it the only such course in the UK.

The professional environment is keen to employ graduates from the course because of their unique dual educational experience. The course has run for over a decade and produces highly skilled alumni working at some leading UK and globally-significant practices.

- Recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects and Landscape Institute as giving exemption from Part 1.
- Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) subject to periodic review by ARB, for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

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 AAA, with at least one acceptable subject
A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, with at least one acceptable subject + B in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 36
BTEC D*DD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAAAB + A
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • At least one of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects
    Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
  • Relevant BTEC subjects are Applied Science, Art and Design, Business, Construction and the Built Environment, Engineering and IT
  • Portfolio and GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • 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.

School of Architecture website

Department of Landscape Architecture website

First year

Core modules:

Introductory Environmental Design Studio
Architectural Design (Landscape) 2
The Dynamic Landscape
Environment and Technology 1
Environment and Technology 2
Humanities 1
Humanities 2
What is Landscape Architecture?

Second year

Core modules:

Architectural Design (Landscape ) 3
Architectural Design (Landscape) 4
Urban Ecological Design and Planting
Cultural Studies - urban landscape
Environment and Technology 3
Humanities 4
Materials of Landscape - Construction Design

Third year

Core modules:

Architectural Design (Landscape) 5
Architectural Design 6
Advanced Planting Design
Environment and Technology 5
Humanities 5
Integrated Urban Design Project
Landscape Construction Design
Site Planning for Housing

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 39%
Independent study 61%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 7%
Coursework 92%
Practical 1%

School of Architecture

The Arts Tower

Come to Sheffield and join some of the best architecture students in the UK - our students have won prizes at the RIBA Student Awards and the Royal Academy Summer Show. They've been shortlisted in the European Architecture Medals and the Inspiring Graduate Awards. Our staff are doing world-class research, helping to make the school a leader in our field across the UK and internationally.

We believe in architecture that makes a difference. We know that it has the potential to improve the lives of those who inhabit and use it. Through our internationally acclaimed teaching and research, we explore the social, spatial and environmental implications of architecture. As a Sheffield student, you will engage with real issues affecting the built environment.

We encourage you to explore ideas and collaborate with other students. Through group tutorials and peer review you'll learn how to express your opinions, and value the opinions of others. Sheffield has a strong studio culture. It's the perfect place to develop your personality as a designer.

We provide a balance of theory, design work and professional experience. We have a strong design studio culture. The studio acts as a laboratory for trialling your creative and critical ideas, and for developing fundamental architectural skills. You'll share ideas during group tutorials and review other students' work. This encourages you to express your own opinion and to value the opinions of others, as you begin to develop your personality as a designer.

School of Architecture website

Department of Landscape Architecture

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 often go into architectural practice for a year or two before doing a two-year MArch in Architecture - either at Sheffield or another school. Our graduates also pursue careers in the built environment or move on to a specialist masters course.

Employers include AHMM, ARUP, Building Design Partnership, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Grimshaw Architects, Hawkins\Brown, and Penoyre & Prasad.

Graduates on our Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies degree course are well prepared for a career in the built environment in roles such as: built environment consultant, government and local authority advisor, creative and strategic policy maker, architectural critic and journalist, and arts and heritage manager.

Student profile

"The lecturers and tutors are really helpful in terms of getting your ideas on paper...They push you to develop your ideas instead of their ideas."

Alexandros Achniotis
Architecture and Landscape

After you've applied, we'll ask you to submit a portfolio of your own artwork. We'll be looking for observation skills, criticality, invention and representation. The portfolio should consist of ten reproductions of art or design work. You'll receive full details of the requirements, format, submission and assessment criteria after we've received your application. If your portfolio is of a really high standard, we may make you a lower grade offer. Generally we don't ask candidates to attend an interview. However, if you're a mature student or if you don't have conventional academic qualifications, we may invite you to an interview.

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