Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture

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.

This programme is for students with a BSc/BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture or Garden Design degree who want to continue directly with Master's studies or after a year-out placement or work want to return to complete a Master's degree, often as a start to the Landscape Institute Chartership.




Compulsory Modules must be taken but could be condoned subject to the Rules of Assessment.
Optional Modules may be taken and could be condoned subject to the Rules of Assessment.
Students without industry experience will be expected to take Professional Practice and those from an international background will be able to select if it is relevant.

These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, the optional modules available may be subject to change for the following reasons:

  • Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
  • In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
  • Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
  • The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.

The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.


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.

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.

The course promotes thinking in terms of place and identity, physical and phenomenal relationships at scales from site to region, social and ecological systems and informs the design process in terms of context, meaning and form.

This course has been accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) .

For more information, visit the Landscape Institute or the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) website.

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