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Landscape Architecture BSc

Department of Landscape Architecture

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Course description

BSc Landscape Architecture

Including specialist training in ecology, this course is designed to equip you with a specific set of skills that will set you apart from other landscape graduates. The focus is on urban regeneration and development.

You'll work on green technologies such as sustainable urban drainage, green roofs and brownfield restoration. You will understand the impact of design proposals on habitats and you'll be able to assist in the restoration of degraded environments.

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).

LSC BSc Landscape Architecture


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 directly.

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Title: Landscape Architecture BSc course structure
UCAS code: KC39
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Reading the Contemporary Landscape

This module introduces students to the full scope and diversity of landscape architecture and the role of landscape architects in tackling contemporary social and environmental issues, presenting and giving examples of the areas of practice known as planning, design and management, with particular reference to the Sheffield area. The role of the Landscape Institute is also introduced. The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the range of work undertaken by landscape architects and the challenges the profession faces.

20 credits
Histories of Landscape Architecture

This course is designed firstly to provide a broad introduction to the discipline of Landscape Architecture and develop an interest in the study of designed landscapes. In order to do this it aims to create awareness and promote a working knowledge of:
1. A working knowledge of the terminology defining landscape architecture, garden design and place making.
2. A basic chronology of the history of the profession.
3. A basic understanding of how various theories which have influenced landscape design are related to social, cultural, ecological (environmental) and economical contexts.
By the end of the module the student will be able to:
- distinguish various styles in designed landscapes;
- demonstrate how a particular style relates to a particular socio-political context;
- demonstrate an understanding of the historic development of landscape architecture;
- demonstrate critical understanding of a landscape or one of the main landscape proponents.
This module forms part of a programme of study accredited by the Landscape Institute.

20 credits
Presentation, Communication and Research Skills

Arriving at University is a new experience for all students. The module will explain and help you to understand some of the different teaching methods used in the Department of Landscape and what is expected of you as a reflective and critical learner. It will also introduce to you some of the tools you will need for academic and professional life.
This module introduces students to a variety of academic and professional skill sets. The aims of the module are to:
- explore the transition from secondary to higher education;
- introduce the range of teaching and learning methods used within the Department of Landscape;
- introduce the principles and use of academic and other types of literature;
- introduce the principles of correct referencing and plagiarism;
- introduce the use of the University Library and other online resources;
- introduce principles of study skills;
- introduce a range of digital communication methods for design, digital modelling and working with OS and base maps.
This module forms part of a programme of study accredited by the Landscape Institute.

20 credits
Space Making

An understanding of the dynamic qualities of landscape and how space is formed, manipulated and communicated is central to the discipline of landscape architecture. This introductory module equips students with a range of skills and tools that enable them to evaluate existing designed landscape and to present proposals for new landscapes. It will provide a basic introduction to materials of landscape and develop a theoretical understanding of the design process, use of precedent and different approaches to creating original and creative design solutions. The module will also introduce a limited pallet of native and non-native vegetation. This module is an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge developed in LSC115 - Current Challenges in Planning Design and Management, and digital skills developed in LSC117 Presentation Communication and Research Skills.

20 credits
The Changing Landscape

This module aims to:
- Introduce landscape and environmental planning as a means of intervening in landscape at the large scale.
- Provide an understanding of landscape formation, change and the drivers of change.
- Introduce the toolkit available to landscape planners.
- Introduce the theory and technique of Landscape Character Assessment.
- Develop report writing skills and visual literacy.
- Introduce student to ArcGIS.

By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of/proficiency in:
- The influences and processes that shape landscape.
- The relationship between landscape planning and landscape policy.
- Sourcing and interpreting landscape information.
- Appreciating the (sometimes controversial) nature of landscape change.
- Landscape Character and Landscape Character Assessment at an introductory level
capacity and sensitivity analysis at an introductory level.
- Communicating landscape data and analysis at a planning scale in a critical imaginative and creative manner.

20 credits
The Dynamic Landscape

This unit is designed to further develop the landscape design skills and knowledge gained in the 1st semester. The module runs over 12 weeks and will be largely studio-based, but there will be field trips and visits. Based on one site students will work through all the stages of design development from site analysis through to final presentation. Precedent will be used to inform practice and students will undertake self-directed study to build knowledge of the theoretical basis of the design approach in such settings. Students will further develop their understanding of and use of landform manipulation, vegetation and other built structures to create a variety of space and experience. Studio exercises and seminars will be central to the learning process. Particular emphasis will be placed on the interaction with water and approaches to the 'water's edge' in the landscape. Graphic skills, freehand and technical, needed to convey ideas at both the design development and the presentation stage (essential to the landscape architect ) will be developed with further teaching in the area of digital design communication. Development of the knowledge of vegetation, particularly native trees, and its use and place in the landscape will take place through taught sessions, field study and individual research.

20 credits

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.

Learning and assessment


The studio is the heart of learning and is where you’ll participate in workshops, small group seminars, tutorials and project reviews. Studio learning is supported by lectures, site visits and field trips.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

Our world-renowned academics are regularly sought out to work on prestigious projects like London’s Olympic Park and through their research, contribute to influencing policy and shaping landscape practice.

We enjoy strong links with some of the best-known names in our profession and regularly welcome leading practitioners, including Piet Oudolf, Martha Schwartz and Charlie Burrell, to deliver guest lectures.


You will be assessed through group and individual coursework, which may include design portfolios, written reports or presentations.

Feedback will be given throughout the semester via tutorials, interim and peer reviews.

Programme specification

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Entry requirements

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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

A Levels + Extended Project Qualification | BBB + B in a relevant EPQ BBB + B in a relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate | 33 32

BTEC | DDD in a relevant subject DDM in a relevant subject

Scottish Highers | AAABB AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AB B + BB

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits and Merits in 15 Level 3 credits 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 24 Level 3 credits and Merits in 21 Level 3 credits

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English language requirements

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 4/C; 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

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • Art and Design qualifications are not a requirement, but evidence of potential in drawing and graphic communication is highly desirable

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.

Department of Landscape Architecture

Landscape work on display

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.

Department of Landscape Architecture students are based in the Arts Tower; an iconic building with panoramic views across Sheffield. You'll also attend lectures at venues across campus and travel further afield for site visits.


Our studios facilitate digital and hands-on design practice and are equipped with everything you’ll need, including drawing boards, a wireless network and kitchen space.

Department computer suites come supplied with high specification computers, a range of industry standard and specialist software and are supported by an in-house team of IT and graphics experts.

Department of Landscape Architecture

Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017

Department of Landscape Architecture

UK top 5 for town and country planning and landscape

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Graduate careers

Department of Landscape Architecture

Our graduates are in demand. 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.

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