Landscape Architecture (Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

Landscape Architecture

Postgraduate Diploma / MA

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Study on the longest-running Landscape Architecture programme in the UK. Graduates work in leading practices all over the world.

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Time and space for reflection

Experiences to expand your knowledge and refine your style.

A landscaped garden.

Visit world famous landscapes nearby, including Rousham Gardens, Hidcote and Blenheim Palace.

A view of Hong Kong.

Our partnership with THEi, Hong Kong is enabling student and staff exchanges, and joint research.

Students and staff working in a Landscape Architecture studio.

Develop your own design for a public space in our Design Studio module.

Amazing environments

Spaces to collaborate and bring your ideas to life.

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Learn from leading experts

Dr. Alessio Russo, Academic Course Leader

Dr. Alessio Russo

Academic Course Leader

"I am so inspired by the world-class landscape architects and academics (such as Pietro Porcinai, Roberto Burle Marx and Ian McHarg) that have motivated me to pursue this career. I wish to inspire, reach, and continue to motivate future students who study with me.

My teaching approaches include practical and research-based examples including a wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to face current environmental issues - such as climate change, urban heat island, soil sealing - allowing you to rethink your design approaches at all scales in a sustainable way."

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Fully immersive experiences

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Course details

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Course outline

This course is recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), a mark of its qulity.

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)

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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.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.


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.

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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 - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6700
Postgraduate Diploma £4500
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14700
Postgraduate Diploma £9800

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.

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