Landscape Architecture (Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Study on the longest-running Landscape Architecture course in the UK

Develop and refine vital skills and experience, to establish a long-term career in an exciting profession.

The world of landscape architecture encompasses many skills and environments. On this course, you will benefit from professional links to industry, an emphasis on sustainability, a wide range of client projects and proactive teaching staff with extensive professional practice experience. As a result, you will acquire the high level of knowledge and professionalism required to build a rewarding career, skilfully tackling 21st-century issues – from sustainability to changes in government policy.

With proximity to cities and rich English landscapes, you will be exposed to the breadth of landscape practice. Landscape architecture is an alchemy of global topics and specific local conditions, and you will develop your skills in this context. The emphasis on both practical and academic aspects of the profession ensures that you will leave with the confidence and insight to go straight into employment and forge a successful career.


  • Landscape Professional Practice
  • Landscape Planning Studio
  • Landscape Design Studio
  • Urban Futures
  • Research Methods in Design
  • Applied Ecology and Conservation (Option)
  • Geographical Information Systems (Option)

Study style

Learning takes place in a studio-based environment, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and student-led research. Teaching techniques combine the practice and philosophy of landscape architecture with a focus on innovation, creativity, personal development, expression, professionalism and sustainability.

Our landscape study community comprises a blend of UK, European and International students, which provides a rich mix of geographic, environmental, social and cultural influences, and further enriches the learning experience.

All work is assessed via coursework, which is a mix of written and illustrated reports.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in landscape architecture or landscape design (for direct entry onto the MA, or an undergraduate degree in any field of 2:2 or above for the conversion MA)
  • You will be invited to attend an interview
  • A portfolio of work showing evidence of your current creative work and experience is essential
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.


Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Masters £6000
Postgraduate Diploma £4000
Non-EU Students
Masters £13500
Postgraduate Diploma £9000

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.


This course equips students with the skills to take on the wide range of careers offered by an exciting industry and influential profession.

Landscape architects play a role in shaping everything from national parks and city layouts, to World Heritage Sites and school playgrounds. Career opportunities include working as a landscape architect in private practice or in public and charity sectors, as well as in landscape planning, project management and garden design.

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Staff Profile

David Buck

David has studied Forestry, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and has worked internationally in landscape practice, including for Colvin and Moggeridge and Gustafson Porter in the UK before forming his own practice in 2000. His doctorate, the first practice based PhD in landscape architecture in the UK, draws conceptually and directly on music notation in its investigation of the temporality of landscape architecture. He has written extensively on a wide range of topics and is the author of a forthcoming book for Ashgate, to be published in autumn 2016. He is a member of the Landscape Journal Editorial Advisory Panel, and has been a board member of the Landscape Foundation and of the Southwalk Design Review Panel.

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A tradition of excellence, accredited by the industry

Learn on the UK's longest running landscape architechture course. This Master's Degree is fully accredited by the Royal Charted Landscape Institute (LI) and also has International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) recognition.

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Amazing environments

Off campus, the urban environments of Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol and Bath are all nearby, and the picturesque Cotswolds and Forest of Dean are on the dorrstep. The stunning gardens of Hidcote, Rousham, Stowe and Blenheim Palace are located within the region. On campus, our exceptional facilities include dedicated studios and computer suites.


Access to industry

Benefit from our well-established industry connections that will put you on a pathway for a rewarding career, whether in the public or private sectors, or running your own business. You will work on live briefs for real clients, putting your skills into practice from day one.

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