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Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture

Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture

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Full time | Writtle University College | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Landscape Gardening

Course type


Course Summary

The Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture (PGDipLA) programme embraces aspects of the science, planning, design, creation and management of landscape in both urban and rural environments, and at all scales, for example, from a small garden to an urban centre and then regional scale. The emphasis is on promoting landscapes that are aesthetically pleasing, functionally appropriate and ecological healthy, while at the same time being able to accommodate the diverse and changing needs of society. Therefore, our programme is based on a rich and diverse curriculum which is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature, and which draws on the traditions of both the creative and innovative design process based on strong environmental and ecological principles. Design studios provide the advanced knowledge and skill sets through real life design projects with sector collaborations supported by lectures, seminars, charrettes, workshops and exhibitions.

PGDipLA is supported by an extra-curricular programme including study tours, garden visits, guest speakers, guest jury in the design studios, London city walks, office visits, drawing workshops, CAD sessions, exhibitions as well as student-led publications. The Research Colloquium lecture series provides students with a platform to meet the research community and so developing personal interest through social gatherings.

Delivery and Assessment

The most successful teaching method across the UK for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Art and Environmental Planning and Design has been this combination of design studio and classroom.

The Landscape Architecture course engages in this method of teaching by organising its professional programmes through lectures, seminars, studio and site visits as a critical combination for learning. As a studio-based design course, Landscape Architecture is taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. These modules are accompanied by study i.e. in professional practice, landscape construction, landscape assessment and environmental design.


This module will critically examine the development of contemporary theory of landscape and design primarily developed in the last fifty years to the experiential models that are now current in professional practice and academia. In addition, it will evaluate how landscape is perceived: how these perceptions are formed, filtered and focused through philosophical thinking. Selected historical eras will support the theories and ideas development; they will allow students to evaluate these theories and their role in design, planning, and decision making, particularly at the strategic and policy levels in industry and for scholarly and academic research. The module will use issues and topics derived from art, architecture, garden design and related landscape disciplines, with a relationship to design practice and investigative their application in the design process and evolution. Students will analyse issues in relation to landscape design and environmental planning, design, and management in order to test and extend theory. In the MA Garden Design course, garden design theory parallels much of landscape theory. However, readings over several weeks of the module become more distinct and specific to garden design.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Candidates from the United Kingdom higher education sector will normally hold a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in the fields of architecture, geography, environmental studies, art, interior design or history. Prospective students with a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in another discipline but with significant work experience in landscape architecture or related areas will also be considered for entrance on the masters' programme.