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About the course

Learn how to create places that protect the planet and improve the lives of the people who inhabit them with our two-year conversion course. Accredited by the Landscape Institute.

This is a two-year conversion course for graduates who want to qualify and work as professional landscape architects. Whether you have a background in design or not, it will help you develop the skills needed for modern landscape architectural practice. 

The first year provides a thorough grounding in the design, social, technical and scientific aspects of the profession. You’ll learn about the history and theory of landscapes, develop visual and IT skills and tackle a broad range of design projects. 

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a subject related to landscape or design, such as ecology, geography, geology, architecture, engineering or fine art.

We may also consider your application if you do not meet the standard academic requirements but you have relevant knowledge, skills and experience through previous employment and/or study.

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications.


Home (2022 annual fee) : £9,800
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £24,400

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Student Profile(s)

Tobias Edwards

Every day is exciting because you are challenged and learn something new. I feel grateful to be able to learn and practise something about which I am fascinated and passionate.

My goal is to work as a Landscape Architect as soon as I finish the MA course. Completing the course will ensure I have the necessary skills needed for a graduate position in a world-class firm. My dream is that my future career will enable me to be involved in large-scale projects all over the world.

I’ve learnt a great number of skills studying here including developing briefs, ideas and design concepts, understanding ecological processes and knowledge of how to design with plants and construction materials.

Victoria Wade

My experience of studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield was absolutely fantastic. Everything I learnt on the MA course has given me an amazing grounding for my career and the support and encouragement I received from my lecturers gave me the confidence I needed to start up my own business.

Atindriya Shome

Atindriya chose to study in Sheffield because of the city's unique culture and landscape, and to learn from the department's expert staff.

Why did you decide to study Landscape Architecture at Sheffield?

"I applied to pursue my masters in Landscape Architecture, particularly from The University of Sheffield, as I ardently believe that this university provides the perfect platform to hone myself with knowledge in the field of landscape architecture, with the support of expert staff and facilities.

Sheffield city is situated at the edge of the beautiful Peak District National Park, so this city with its alluring landscape and culture supports nature conservation by creating spaces that helps to improve the environment and people's lives.

"Taking into consideration all the aspects of improving in educational and personal experience, I felt that Landscape Architecture at Sheffield has provided me with all the vital aspects required."

What did you most enjoy about your time in Sheffield?

"Being a part of the University as a student was the most interesting and enjoyable part as I got the opportunity to visit not only the beautiful places in Sheffield but I also took part in an international Landscape Design workshop in China where I worked in a multi-disciplinary team.

The student life in Sheffield improved my knowledge and experience in Landscape through interaction with different people, which later gave me an edge over others, professionally in the field of Landscape Architecture."

How did your course prepare you for your current job?

"Through the Landscape Architecture course, I was involved in a diverse range of projects from small-scale garden design to large scale urban planning with introduction to Landscape Character Assessment and LVIA.

As a part of the course, I also gained knowledge about various softwares that are used professionally. Therefore, the course not only provided experience and knowledge but also helped in creating a unique portfolio with umpteen landscape projects to prepare me as a Landscape Architect professionally."

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying in the Department of Landscape Architecture?

"The University of Sheffield is one of the best universities in the world with expert staff.

For people who are passionate about landscape and wants to gain professional knowledge, this university provides a perfect platform and i

Pranabanti Karmakar

Having originally worked as an Architect, Pranabanti Karmakar chose to continue studing MA Landscape Architecture at Sheffield.

"After working for some years as an architect, I decided it was time I got global exposure and a professional degree in Landscape.

My first choice was the University of Sheffield as it is the alma mater of one of the pioneer landscape architects in India, Professor Mohammad Shaheer.

I fell in love with the city almost immediately. Sheffield felt like the perfect place to study Landscape, with the Peak District within half an hour from the city.

The city is safe, friendly and welcoming for all students.

In the first year, most modules involved studying outdoors, which is important for a Landscape student. The Cultural Studies and plant walks were something I enjoyed much in my first semester.

Sheffield has an accomplished group of immensely dedicated teachers and professors.

My tutor and advisor on my special project and dissertation, has been a great influence. His teaching and advice is something I will cherish throughout my life.

As for my classmates, there is such diversity in the batch with people from different ethnicities, professions and skill sets.

Studying at Sheffield opened numerous doors for me. I was tutored and guided by many stalwarts in the profession.

I also got the opportunity to do an internship in the award-winning firm, Urban Wilderness, in my first year.

I hope that my experience at the University of Sheffield will enable me to create a positive and necessary impact on the social and public realm in the future."

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