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Fees and Funding

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Overview

This is a design based career conversion/ development course, for anyone with a passion for landscape architecture, but a first degree in any other subject. It is fully accredited by the Landscape Institute. 

Our 'conversion' postgraduate diploma does lead to employment in landscape offices, but you will need to return to study, and take a Masters in Professional Landscape Architecture to gain full UK Licentiate status, giving entry to the Landscape Institute Pathway to Chartership. You might also consider applying for the Masters in Professional Landscape Architecture (with Conversion) - our 'straight through' to Licentiate status programme.

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We will seek to enhance your existing skills and knowledge, including developing:

  • your drawing, modelling and software skills;
  • your understanding of design, including planting design; and
  • knowledge across the wide scope of landscape concerns and practice.

We will give you the skills to explore your interests and find your direction within landscape architecture.

What makes this course different

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Live projects with social impact

We work on live build projects, and with real clients to learn hands-on, changing lives and places, delivering positive social impact and benefits to London communities.

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Tailored teaching to suit diverse skills

Our students are from a range of backgrounds, not just art and design. Through tailored teaching, we help extend your skills and subject knowledge to professional standard, at your pace.

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Industry placements

The postgraduate diploma course includes shadowing placements within leading landscape architectural practices in London, giving you the opportunity to gain direct experience and make professional connections while you study.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

UEL's professional landscape architecture programmes build your skills for a future career in landscape architecture in the context of key issues in contemporary life - city expansion, migration and displacement, diversity, inequality, competition for resources, climate change, food security. 

We challenge you to consider your understanding of what landscape is about, what it can and should do. You'll learn through design studio, site visits, and by interaction with professionals and academics across a range of spatial and environmental disciplines, as well as getting hands on, with the practicalities of building now, for existing needs with real clients and communities.

We support you to develop your own personal attitude to landscape design, to express yourself spatially, to investigate ideas with passion and commitment. We work in tandem with architecture and urban design students, who investigate the same sites through a different lens, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary working, as well as individual expression. 

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HOW YOU'LL LEARN

At UEL you will be working in an inspiring, creative setting where your interests and passions count. Our students are from a range of backgrounds, not just art and design, which gives you access to diverse knowledge, different modes of thinking, and a wide student skillset. Through tailored teaching, we help extend your skills and subject knowledge to landscape professional standards, whatever your starting point.

You can gain the skills and understanding that will facilitate self-expression, and the understanding to engage creatively with living systems in a changing environment. We engage with live sites and clients, with projects tailored at a pace in keeping with your developing skills. 

The postgraduate diploma runs alongside the MA in Professional Landscape Architecture, and offers opportunities for collaborative project work within landscape architecture and with architecture and urban design students. You will also benefit from shadowing placements within leading studios in London.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Your understanding of each module is assessed through a variety of written/ illustrated reports, and design drawing portfolios, submitted at the end of the module. 

Your submitted coursework is completed against detailed project briefs, with submissions selected from project work developed in a variety of media, practical and 3D work, essays, site research studies,  illustrated reports, seminar papers and presentations. Teaching supports the development of materials for submission through seminars individual and group tutorials, field visits and lectures.

All coursework is double marked and reviewed by an external examination board.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Bridget Snaith

Dr Snaith is a Senior Lecturer at UEL. She is a chartered landscape architect, urban designer, social researcher and educator.

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The course at UEL was highly practical and relevant to the thinking and actions that underpin the work I now do day-to-day as a landscape architect. Despite having no previous experience in design, my knowledge of young people, education and play that I developed in my previous career were valued at UEL. Projects which allowed for flexibility and self-direction meant I could draw on the learning and interests that I arrived with, yet I was also challenged to develop these in light of what I was being taught about design, environment and successful places. I am thrilled to be working with a practice that champions these values and I am grateful to the course at UEL for helping to make this possible.

Nic McEwan

Landscape Architect - Farrer Huxley (Completed the MA Professional Landscape Architecture with Conversion)

What we're researching

Course Leader Dr Bridget Snaith CMLI a professional Landscape Architect and Design Council Built Environment Expert, with an award winning practice, Shape Landscape Architecture & established professional links in London.

Her own research interest is in social theory, informing people centred inclusive design, but the Landscape programme at UEL is supported by academics with research interests in Sustainability, Ecology and Heritage as well as Architecture and Civil Engineering. Dr Snaith's PhD Thesis investigating ethnic minority underrepresentation in UK parks was awarded a Landscape Institute Research Award in 2015.

Previous research has focussed on reducing fear of crime in parks and river corridors, she authored one of London's Green Grid Frameworks, and she has advised on Play Design nationally for the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

With increased focus on environmental issues, and on building healthy communities, landscape architects are more in demand professionally, nationally and internationally. There is a high industry employment rate.  Our graduates perform well within the field, achieving recognition and industry awards, and employment in practices in the UK and overseas. Several gain employment as a direct result of our shadowing placements. Our School has links with a range of professional practices, and will give you invaluable experience of working collaboratively with other disciplines, on live projects and with professionals in a practice setting.

All of our postgraduate landscape courses have full accreditation from the Landscape Institute.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.