The Postgraduate Certificate in Landscape Design is the first stage of the Landscape Institute accredited two year 'conversion' route for applicants interested in becoming a professional Landscape Architect. On successful completion of the PG Certificate Landscape Design students join the MA Landscape Architecture programme. Together the two programmes form an exciting and intensive 2-year postgraduate route of studies for future Landscape Architects.

Across the programme candidates are involved in a rigorous curriculum, including advanced skills and knowledge in: design, history, theory, professional practice, technology, ecology, sustainability, horticulture, drawing and digital representation.

Candidates have strong design ambitions with backgrounds in disciplines related to design, society and the environment. These may include graduates from architecture, design, art, geography, sociology and ecology. Applicants may be changing career or further specialising their career in the profession of Landscape Architecture. The Postgraduate Certificate in Landscape Design programme provides a comprehensive introduction to Landscape Architecture and a basis for entry to the MA Landscape Architecture programme. Details of international events, open lectures and student events can be found on:

The Department is based in a new state of the art building designed by the award winning architects Heneghan Peng; it is equipped with fourteen rooftop landscapes, cutting edge digital workshops, extensive design studios, a world-class library and two gallery spaces.

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The aims of the programme are:

To introduce students to the technical and design aspects of landscape architecture practice To provide students who already have a suitable degree, to develop the technical design skills necessary for entry to the MA Landscape Architecture programme To form part of the set of programmes accredited by the Landscape Institute.

Course Contents

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses. Design & Communication 1 (15 credits) Ecology and Conservation (15 credits) Landscape Basic Design (15 credits) Design with Nature (15 credits) Planting Design (15 credits) Hard and Soft Materials (30 credits) Site Design (15 credits) Landscape Digital Design (10) (10 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have: A good first degree in disciplines related to design, society or the environment * A portfolio of visual and creative work is required for all applicants; applicants should send a link to their digital design portfolio with their application forms. * IELTS 6.5 is required if English is not your first language.

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated February 11, 2019
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