PGDip Landscape Architecture
This is a design based career conversion/ development course, for anyone who has a passion for Landscape Architecture, but a first degree in any other subject.
It is fully accredited by the Landscape Institute.
A ‘conversion’ programme is an entry requirement for the Masters in Professional Landscape Architecture, unless you already have an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture/ Landscape Design.
If you know you want to continue to the Masters degree, and don’t have a first degree in the subject, you may also consider applying for the Masters in Professional Landscape Architecture (with Conversion)
We will seek to enhance your existing skills and knowledge, including developing
• your drawing, modelling and computer based representation skills,
• your understanding of construction and planting design, and
• theoretical and professional foundations of Landscape Architecture.
We want to give you the skills to explore your interests and find your direction within the wide scope of Landscape Architectural practice.
Based at our Docklands campus, you will benefit from and contribute to the exciting cultural life of the capital using London sites for your investigation and research.
Download our yearbook to view examples of our students' work.
This course is fully accredited by the Landscape Institute, putting you in a strong position when it comes to securing employment in the industry.
The programme is part of multi-award-winning Architecture and Design department, and enjoys a collaborative studio ethos, and engagement with live projects in one of the largest areas of urban redevelopment in Europe –ideal for the study of landscape architecture.
This is offered as a stand-alone course for students interested in landscape architecture, or a foundation year for progression to the MA Professional Landscape Architecture course.
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.
Making a difference
UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
How you'll learn
At UEL you will be working in an inspiring, creative setting where your interests & passions count. You can gain from us the skills and understanding that will facilitate self expression. The Graduate 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. We engage with live sites and clients, with projects tailored at a pace in keeping with your developing skills.
Dr Bridget Snaith
Graduate Dip Landscape Architecture, Course Leader
At UEL, we seek to assist students in developing a personal understanding of landscape, and an individual, considered approach to the design of publicly accessible places, through theory and practice. Our teaching is focussed on helping you acquire the skills and knowledge that we know are relevant to professional practice now, while developing your own trajectory for the future in this broad professional field.
Fees and funding
£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme
Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students. It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.
Applications are made directly through Student Finance England
Whether you qualify depends on:
• if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
• your course
• your age
• your nationality or residency status
Full eligibility can be found here
Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.
The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses. *Exclusions apply.
Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.Terms and conditions apply.
How we can help youDid you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?
If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:
- Alumni Discount – up to 15% fee waiver *exclusions apply. Please see Alumni Discount page for information.
- Early Payment Discount – 5% fee waiver
- Asylum Seekers scholarship – 100% fee waiver
- Civic Engagement – £1,000
- Hardship Bursary – up to £2,000
- Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000
Terms and conditions apply.
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• In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
• Bank transfer
The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.
We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.
Phone: 020 8223 4444
As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.
International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.
After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
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, 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, through 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 a 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.
What you'll study and when
We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.
- Tools, Principles & Theories Landscape Architecture (core)
- Theories and Contexts: landscape architecture (Core)
How you'll be assessed
The four taught modules are assessed through a portfolio of written / illustrated reports, and design portfolios, and by your contributions to seminar discussions and design exercises throughout the programme. Your submitted coursework is completed against detailed project briefs, with submission types including design proposals presented in a variety of media, practical 3D work, essay assignments, illustrated reports, seminar papers and presentations. All submissions are supported through tutorials, field visits and lectures.
All coursework is double marked.
Your future career
The integration of landscape design with architectural and urban design practice is of ever- increasing importance. Landscape Architects are more and more in demand professionally, nationally and internationally. There is a high industry employment rate. Most accredited programmes graduates find jobs on leaving education. 85% of landscape architects are working in full-time roles (Landscape Institute 2016). Our School has links with a range of landscape architectural practices, and will give you invaluable experience of working collaboratively with other disciplines, on live projects and with professionals in the field.
Students at the University of East London have a strong track record in gaining employment – and a reputation for being talented designers who show skill and sensitivity. Our Post Graduate Diploma will set you on the path to a rewarding and exciting career in Landscape Architecture.
All of our postgraduate landscape courses have full accreditation from the Landscape Institute and provide a pathway to future membership for students who meet the Institute’s requirements.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal