Landscape Architecture - MA / PgDip

Full Time, Part Time
September 2016, September 2017
£5,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

If you want to progress to Chartered membership of the Landscape Institute, our Landscape Architecture PgDip/MA LA will help you achieve your career goals in this exciting, evolving industry.

You’ll be taught by highly skilled academics and professional design consultants who belong to a talented group of educators who contribute towards new ideas that shape the design world. These experts create pioneering designed environments that are leading the debate on landscapes for the future.

Our graduates go on to secure roles in the profession with leading design studios which include Camlins, Define, FIRA, and international multidisciplinary practices which include ARUP, Atkins Global and Hyder Consulting.

New for 2017/18

Landscape Architecture

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

This course is designed for students who want to shape the world in which we live. Students have a belief and passion to use landscape architecture as a design tool to make new environments for work, play and habitats.

To apply for this course you must have a good degree in landscape architecture from an LI accredited course or have successfully completed a Graduate Diploma conversion course at a recognised institution.

You’ll develop your creative, artistic, technical and intellectual abilities on an educational programme which has been measured by external examiners as one of the leading courses in the country.

A fundamental part of the course is the link between education and the workplace, where students are encouraged to seek career opportunities through our connections with the Midlands employment sector.

There is a strong emphasis on research that underpins new frontiers of the designed environment, students will work on research-led design projects relating to well-being, the design process, designed ecologies and climate change, urban design and planning and large scale infrastructure like HS2.

The teaching format places an emphasis on the studio format, supported by series of lectures and workshops delivered by renowned landscape practitioners and educators from the UK and overseas. They will apply their fascinating insight and expertise to your studies.

You’ll be based in our multi-million pound City Centre Campus Parkside Building and have access to industry standard facilities including digital studios, 3D design workshops and rapid prototyping.

We have a range of excellent resources including Eastside Park and the Botanical Gardens on our doorsteps. Dynamic evolution of Birmingham through the implementation of the Big City Plan provides inspiration to your studies, introducing a strong example of contemporary civic space and park design.

“I stumbled across the Landscape Institute website, having never heard of the profession, but it brought everything I enjoyed together: the outdoors, design, ecology, place making. To my delight I got into Birmingham City University, and I have gained so many new experiences that have really allowed me to appreciate the places around me. The University provides the support you need, whilst giving you a freedom that allows your projects to be as creative and individual as you want. The course provided a great stepping stone between education and employment, and the experience allowed me to gain employment at a Landscape Architect practice straight after my degree.” Jocelyn Bennett

Why Choose Us?

  • On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you’ll be able to apply to become a licentiate member of the Landscape Institute (LI), the chartered body for landscape architecture in the UK.
  • Alongside our globally-renowned staff, we have visiting professionals supporting lectures, workshops and seminars that explore and debate International issues.
  • We have well-established connections with the region’s best landscape architecture practices.
  • Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is highly respected and has a rich history of providing education and career opportunities. It celebrated its centenary in 2009.
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New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

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This course is accredited by:

Landscape Institute (LI)

Entry Requirements

UK students

A first degree in landscape architecture or garden design from an approved institution.

Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £5,500
Sep 2017 FT 1 year TBC
PgDip Sep 2016 FT 1 Year £4,335 per year
PT 2 Years £1,833 per year
Sep 2017 FT 1 year TBC
PT 2 years TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000
Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is available part-time

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans


The postgraduate diploma in Landscape Architecture modules include: professional practice, critical urbanism, designed ecologies, research methods – dissertation/and the test of contemporary theory through the design thesis assignment.

The modules require site-based investigations, and these are supported by student guided field trips throughout the UK, and cultural studies are developed further with an optional trip to Europe.

Professional Practice
Critical Urbanism
Critical Design
Designed Ecologies
Research Methods – Dissertation/Thesis Design Project
Design Thesis Project 1
Design Thesis Project 2
Design Thesis Project 3 – Technology

The majority of your studies will be assessed by coursework. We feel this best mirrors the way you'd work in the real world and so better prepares you for a career in landscape design and architecture.

The exception to this is professional practice, which will be either a written exam or a written assignment.

You'll look at areas of design and urbanism and work in a dedicated studio teaching space with access to extensive IT facilities.

A major design project and dissertation gives you the chance to research and prepare an individual professional exhibition covering the wide range of graphic material typically required in an architectural practice.

The Postgraduate Diploma has several modes of study reflecting the needs of today's student. It is studied full-time over one year and part-time over two years. The MA is achieved by completing an extra 60 credits.

Assessment methods

By coursework in all modules except for professional practice, which is partly assessed by a written exam. The majority of coursework is related to design projects, although some modules will require the submission of written papers, drawn theoretical analysis and construction and planting design workbooks/studies.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Landscape Institute (LI)
Landscape Institute

The course is fully recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI), the UK national organisation for landscape professionals concerned with enhancing and conserving the environment.

Our accreditation shows employers that students graduating from our course have the levels of knowledge and skills they need. The revalidation process takes place annually by the Landscape Institute’s Professional Review Group and they look very closely at the way the course is designed to meet the requirements of today’s profession.

Further study

Anastasia Nikologianni studied the Masters in Landscape Architecture and is now doing a PhD. She said: "The University and the whole atmosphere was really good, so I really enjoyed the environment. The relationship between the tutors and the students is really good.

"Also, something that I really like and was an influential part of my decision to come to Birmingham City University initially was the links with the practices, the business world, not only in Birmingham but in the UK in general."

Enhancing your employability skills

Applying learning to the workplace is a fundamental aspect of the course and greatly enhances your employability and professional skills.

You’ll have a strong awareness of the professional and policy context in which landscape design skills are deployed as well as increased confidence and ability.

The course gives you a clear understanding of the history, practice and context of landscape design and develops your critical thinking.

You’ll be able to come up with creative design solutions and understand design theories and processes and how they relate to proposals in space and time.

Your skills in the latest software and design equipment will be excellent. Industry standard software includes AutoCAD, InDesign, Photoshop and Sketchup. We also offer three ‘D’ printing as well as large format reprographics. Though there is a need for good digital design communication, we place a high level of emphasis on creative, observational drawing techniques to support the exploration of design ideas.

You'll develop a range of transferable skills, such as how to communicate ideas and solve problems, as well as developing negotiation and planning skills. You’ll learn how to work effectively and efficiently either on your own or as part of a team.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Many of our former students are now established in their careers in organisations including Define, Bradley Murphy, Influence, Fira, Camlins and SALA.

We have excellent links with practices both nationally and locally, offering good employment prospects across the profession. Graduates have secured roles with firms such as APEC Architects and K4 Architects, and have positions ranging from graduate landscape architects to founding CEOs.

Alumni stories - Nick Bunn

Nick Bunn

Nick Bunn is a Landscape Architect at Redbay Design in Torquay. He has participated in a design cherrette (an intensive design or planning session) in China and his design concepts have been exhibited in Somerset House, London.

Nick specialises in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) services and design solutions within sensitive locations, working to reduce the impact of development.

He said: "I think it is very difficult to prepare students for the world of work but what the Landscape Architecture course at BCU did was to provide the tools and skills required for when I got there. As I was studying while working I was able to apply some of these skills immediately and directly so could appreciate that they were very relevant and effective in reality."

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

Our international reputation, professional accreditation and outstanding graduate success rate attracts students from the UK, Europe and South East Asia.

Candice Ying Wei

Candice Ying Wei

Candice Ying Wei is applying the knowledge from her Master's in her job as an Assistant Landscape Architecture in Atelier Dreiseitl in Beijing just months after graduating.

Anastasia Nikologianni

Anastasia Nikologianni

Anastastia studied the Masters in Landscape Architecture and is now doing a PhD.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our landscape architecture course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is based at the state-of-the-art £62 million Parkside Building, a new development on our City Centre Campus within Eastside.

The new building has added an extra dimension to the School. Our campus has extensive studio and workshop provision and cutting-edge equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer. The building has been designed to actively promote shared space opportunities, for students to engage with others across the University as part of the learning experience.


In many cases, our main studio and workspace is the city of Birmingham.
We give our students the opportunity to work on many collaborative projects involving the transformation of the city. These include:

  • Working on-site at the £600 million re-development of New Street Station
  • Work on our neighbouring Curzon Building, which forms Phase 2 of the City Centre Campus development
  • Nearby Off-campus Nest Gallery based within Glenn Howells Architects


We have our very own digi.lab, which is used for prototyping and as a learning resource. Here, you can experiment with 3D printing and laser cutting, preparing you to work on our range of larger machines. You will work in a home studio base five days a week, and also enjoy the opportunity to share others’ facilities and space when necessary.

Digital Presentation

At the School, we have placed a large emphasis on digital presentation. We currently have nine plasma screens for such uses, and try to keep our facilities as paper-free as possible.

Lucas Hughes

Senior Tutor/ Programme Director

Lucas Hughes holds qualifications in landscape architecture and urban design. He has a broad range of interest and experience within several professional sectors linking across the built-environment industry. His core focus is to promote high quality, integrated, design-led processes for the creation of characterful and sensitive built environment solutions.

Russell Good

Senior Tutor/ Postgraduate Course Director

Russell Good’s research explores ecological and hydrological systems in the context of climate change, in order to inform and develop new aesthetic codes in landscape design. Using the urban River Rea in Digbeth, Birmingham as a laboratory, he is examining how ecological processes can be used as a device in place making, to enhance biodiversity and draw upon the richness of new layers of animal and plant life to provide a living dynamic that informs our sensory perception of place.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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