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Landscape Architecture
Postgraduate course
PG Dip

Landscape Architecture

International Scholarships available

Overview

The postgraduate diploma is an advanced programme of design and professional studies for students who wish to become chartered landscape architects. The course has full accreditation from the Landscape Institute. You can top-up your postgraduate diploma into an MA by carrying out additional design or practice-based study.

This highly-regarded course explores values, knowledge, skills and techniques appropriate to the development of creative, reflective designers. You can negotiate a programme of studies to broaden and deepen knowledge and skills relevant to your individual interests, needs and career aspirations.

You will have the opportunity to respond to current environmental challenges and issues relevant to landscape architecture, which may include live projects and competitions. The major design project applies thematic design research to a project site at a range of scales, along with two studio options for your negotiated study, linked to staff research and specialisms.

You can see examples of student work on our School of Art, Architecture and Design website.

We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of landscape architecture at Leeds Beckett University.

INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Accredited by:

The course is fully accredited with the Landscape Institute and is the final university qualification to become a member of the Institute and fully qualified landscape architect. A further professional practice examination is taken after two years in practice. The course has many links with professional practices both within the region and further a field.

You will have access to an excellent learning environment which includes multimedia studios equipped with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities, a 24/7 library, specialist workshops and the planned Sustainable Technology & Landscape Resource Centre, due to be completed in 2017.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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Aaditi Niyak, MA Landscape Architecture
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The Path of Least Resistance

Leeds Beckett landscape architecture students Tom Rawlings, Frankie Tomany and Zuzanna Golczyk showcased their innovative garden design The Path of Least Resistance at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

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Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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School of Art, Architecture & Design

Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design or Garden Art & Design from an Institution recognised by the Landscape Institute, or have completed a Landscape Architecture Conversion course or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design or Garden Art & Design from an Institution recognised by the Landscape Institute, or have completed a Landscape Architecture Conversion course or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Louise Hartley

Careers

Louise Hartley
Architect The Harris Partnership

BA (Hons) Architecture, MArch Architecture & PG Dip Architectural Professional Practice

“My passion for architecture was sparked while I was at school. Going on to study at Leeds Beckett was perfect for me. I had access to industry-standard facilities, dedicated support from expert teaching staff and the social perks of living in a buzzing city. My course gave me the confidence to go out and get the industry experience I needed, and I'm now a fully qualified architect.

Teaching and learning

Reflect on your recent work and learning needs selecting activities to help you enhance your professional development. Studio-based learning will be combined with lectures, seminars and fieldwork where necessary.

Prepare for professional practice as you discover the trends and issues relevant to contemporary landscape architecture, including the scope of work, methods of approach and responsibilities of practising landscape architects.

Apply key research and analysis techniques, theories, strategies and design processes to an urban or rural landscape design project of interest to you.

Dr Lisa Stansbie
Dr Lisa Stansbie
Dean of School

Dr. Lisa Stansbie is a practising artist whose work crosses the disciplines of film, sound, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies, commissions and exhibited across Europe and the U.S.

Our School built a formidable reputation throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s as the place to study art - a reputation that still exists today. Working alongside our staff and students, we are enhancing our identity on an international scale, with world-leading research and great facilities. We are proud of the imaginative leaps our alumni have taken and I hope to welcome more students as they take the next step in their creative journey.
Play Aaditi Niyak, MA Landscape Architecture Video
Aaditi Niyak, MA Landscape Architecture
Play The Path of Least Resistance Video
The Path of Least Resistance

Leeds Beckett landscape architecture students Tom Rawlings, Frankie Tomany and Zuzanna Golczyk showcased their innovative garden design The Path of Least Resistance at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Play Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show Video
Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £3966. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including our multimedia studios with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities
  • Use of the Landscape Resource Centre, where you can gain valuable experience working with plants, planting design, ecology, environmental art and construction
  • Free student membership of the Landscape Institute (£31 annual subscription if you require the Physical Journal)
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Stationery, sketchbooks and equipment (approximately £100)
  • Printing and model making (approximately £100)
  • Local / regional site visits to conduct site surveys (approximately £50)

Course-course specific optional costs

  • USB or Mac-compatible external hard drive (cost will vary. This is optional but recommended. If you choose not to purchase a USB or external hard drive, you can save your work online.)
  • International city visit (approximately £350. Should you choose not to participate in the visit, information will be provided for a self-directed local visit.)
Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the Library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £7666. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage. 

Facilities

  • Sustainable Technology & Landscape Resource Centre
    Sustainable Technology & Landscape Resource Centre

    In 2016, our architecture and landscape graduates had the opportunity to put forward their ideas for a new Sustainable Technology & Landscape Resource Centre, an invaluable resource for our landscape architecture students which will open in 2017.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Architecture and art studios
    Architecture and art studios

    Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

Location

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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