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Landscape Architecture PgDip (LI accredited)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2–3 days a week September 2018
Full time 2 years including professional placement 2–3 days a week, with placement year September 2018
Part time 2 years 1–2 days/evenings a week September 2018

Choose Kingston's Landscape Architecture PgDip

This course, accredited by the Landscape Institute, provides an innovative design education involving opportunities such as participation in European and local consultancy within our Landscape Interface Studio. All staff are ambitious and creative design practitioners and researchers. Our London location, local and European networks and international perspective provide the focus for contemporary design projects that address immediate and long-term landscape solutions in cities and their regions.

Key features

  • Study visits, international workshops, external lectures, live projects, and London industry links, resources and institutions support a vibrant learning trajectory for your landscape architecture career ambitions.
  • Working in the shared studio with MA Landscape & Urbanism and MLA students involves interdisciplinary collaboration and prepares students for co-disciplinary practice.

What will you study?

All design projects are developed as part of a personal portfolio that can be immediately useful in targeting employment. Design projects may include live competition briefs. Projects reflect critical challenges and potentials of contemporary landscape practice and the research and practice expertise of the teaching team, including water, places and people; community consultation in the public realm; time, transformation and experience; urbanism and professional practice. The modules may involve client contact, model making, mapping, drawing and digital media workshops. Critical thinking and expression is supported by the Landscape and Urbanism Theory module.

There is special commitment to processes of transformation and their communication, with an emphasis on learning through making in the Faculty's 3D workshop and on hand-drawing techniques to complement digital media presentation.


Design projects and portfolio, professional practice project management report and practice review, seminar presentations, literature review, and landscape and urbanism manifesto.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month internship as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the internship is with the student; we cannot guarantee the internship, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the internship is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

During the internship year, you will pay the fee of £1,070 for 2017/18. This amount will only be charged to your account after you find an internship and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure an internship.

Find out more about the postgraduate internship.

Accreditation from the Landscape Institute (LI)

LIThis course is accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) and is the route to the professional Pathway to Chartership of the Landscape Institute (P2C).

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

  • This module begins with an introductory group project addressing identified theme/s and reading and representation of existing conditions of site at the local scale and proposes a range of design interventions. The module aims, through the exploration of specific site(s) in their wider contexts, to engage in landscape design - conceptual, spatial, physical and programmatic. Students investigate precedent as a means of arriving at critical evaluation of group and individual proposals.

    The module explores the identification of factors of local distinctiveness and the qualities that define ‘character'. Programmatic possibilities of the site(s) and the differing priorities of use are identified.

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  • The module addresses project(s) at the strategic planning and regional, city scale. The module involves students both independently and in teams in the proposal of a range of alternative scenarios for development or regeneration at the strategic scale, and demands a critical comparative evaluation of the scenarios. Students are required to develop independent proposals based on this analysis and exploration.

    The module involves a study visit and engagement with appropriate agencies and players as appropriate and relevant. Topical issues and agendas are specifically highlighted. Group and interdisciplinary work is a very important component of the process because of the scale and breadth of investigation. Students individually develop detailed proposals within the wider terrain.

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  • The Professional Practice module addresses contexts of professional practice, processes and making, in the built environment Code of Conduct and the professional body requirements (Landscape Institute). Students critically review a project precedent for seminar presentation and develop a management report for a design project.
    The module samples contemporary landscape projects, techniques and materials, standards and specification and engages students in exercises to test alternative strategies, their effective refinement and communication. The module supports the professional practice process and ethics of design project development and resolution.

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  • This module introduces students to the research process and enables them to acquire a critical knowledge of the concept and theory of research methodologies and to develop a theoretical grounding and literacy in landscape design and urbanism, to support research-informed design practice. It provides students with practice of conducting research via secondary sources. The subject area is relevant for students of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and texts are drawn from each of these disciplines. Much of the synthesis of the material will rely on seminar discussion and independent study. The module focus is the bringing together of different disciplines with the ‘landscape' as forum for discussion, rather than the ‘built' form. Students participate in seminar presentations of reviews of critical texts to support the development of a landscape & urbanism manifesto annotated with photos, diagrams and drawings explaining key arguments, or an essay.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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