Landscape Architecture (with conversion year) (Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Enter a career as a Landscape Architect by studying a course accredited by the Landscape Institute

This route into the Landscape Architecture MA course offers apath into landscape architecture for students from alternate disciplines. Build upon your existing skills within a highly professional environment on a course recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects and the Landscape Institute.

You will actively acquire the practical skills and knowledge that underpin the landscape architecture industry in the 21st century. Studying philosophical aspects of the discipline, exploring influential landscapes and working on live private and public sector briefs will increase your confidence and expertise. With a long-standing reputation and excellent links to industry and professional bodies plus a strong emphasis on sustainability, this course provides an excellent foundation on which to build a dynamic career.

Work on live public and private sector client projects to blend academic theory with professional challenges. Focus on enhancing your career through strong links to industry practitioners and professional bodies within the landscape architecture. Learn to adapt your design approach in response to sustainability issues and rapid policy and environmental change.

Study style

Study a 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 from a wide range of disciplines, which provides a rich mix of geographic, environmental, social and cultural influences and further enriches the student’s collective learning experience.

All work is assessed via coursework, which is a mix of written and illustrated reports, essays and design-based projects.

Contact days are Monday and Tuesday. For part time students contact days are Mondays and year 1 and Tuesday for year 2 students.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent
  • you will be required to attend an interview
  • a portfolio of work is desirable but not essential
  • The portfolio 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 6.5 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
Conversion Year £4500
Non-EU Students
Masters £13500
Postgraduate Diploma £9000
Conversion Year £13500

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.


Landscape architecture offers a wide range of exciting careers in the private, public and charity sectors. As a multiskilled graduate, career opportunities include working as a landscape architect in private practice or in public and charity sectors, as well as working 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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Enter a career as a Landscape Architect

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

This course welcomes graduates from different backgrounds such as architecture, environmental management and geography

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Become a qualified member of the Landscape Institute

As a graduate from an alternate discipline, study a course recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and the oldest Landscape Institute accredited course in the UK.

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Focus on sustainability

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

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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.

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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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