Landscape Architecture (Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects and the Landscape Institute

The world of landscape architecture encompasses many skills and environments. On this course, which is recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and the Landscape Institute, you will develop and refine vital skills and experience for a long-term career in an exciting profession.

On this course you’ll 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 forge a rewarding career, skillfully 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 you will leave with the confidence and insight to go straight into employment and forge a successful career.

Study style

Study a masters programme delivered in a studio-based environment through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and student-led research. Learn through a mix of teaching techniques combining 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 student’s collective learning experience. Assessment is via coursework which contains a combination of design-based projects using a range of representational techniques including drawings and 3D models, illustrated written reports, and essays.


Contact days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in landscape architecture or landscape design
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • A portfolio of work is essential and should contain examples of your creative work including sketching, photography, plan or perspective drawing, and is typically 12-20 pages long
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 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.

Associated professional accreditations

The Landscape Architecture programme (postgraduate, conversion and undergraduate) is fully accredited by the Royal Chartered Landscape Institute (LI). The course also has International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) recognition.

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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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Become a qualified member of the Landscape Institute

Recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), MA Landscape Architecture is the oldest Landscape Institute accredited course in the UK.


Focus on sustainability

Learn sustainable design approaches enhanced via active learning with live sites-based client projects.

Local landscapes

Draw inspiration from influential local landscapes

Gloucestershire benefits from a unique location inspired by the urbanity of Bristol, Cheltenham and Bath and the picturesque of the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean. National gardens of Hidcote, Rousham, Stowe and Blenheim Palace offer exemplars of landscape architecture within the region.

career progression

Advance your career

Refine your skills and knowledge to progress your career in landscape architecture and prepare for future employment whether in the public or private sectors or running your own business.

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Learn in state-of-the-art facilities

Access dedicated landscape architecture studios and bespoke computer suites 24 hours a day.

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