Birmingham City University


Do you love the character and buzz of urban places? The Landscape Architecture with Urban Design degree course will help you to gain real industry exposure and work on a wide range of exciting briefs. The course focuses on offering experience through practice, which will enhance your chances of securing a role after you graduate.

In Landscape Architecture with Urban Design, our focus is on a need to transcend traditional built environment disciplines towards the creation of lively and sustainable urban places. Through guided exploration of personal design and research process, you will explore and unwrap many layers to reveal the unlimited design options that our urban landscapes present.

As a compliment to Landscape Architecture, this pathway focuses on urban contexts as social places and looks at ways in which human built-environments can ensure a more sustainable, happy future for all of us.


Covering the spectrum of landscape architecture, with an enhanced focus on urban design.

You’ll work in a design studio culture, which mimics real-world creative practice to prepare you for your future career.

Experience on live local sites and project briefs in design studios will develop your design creativity and hone your professional practice skills. Placements and competitions will give you fantastic opportunities. There are also chances to compete for industry connected awards.

You’ll have the chance to be part of numerous collaborative initiatives within the School of Architecture and Design that give you the chance to work on a diverse variety of live projects. Past examples include: explorations into the death and life of a local high street, wayfinding from forgotten nodes and journeys in hybrid reality.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend lectures and take part in workshops from a large variety of international and award winning professionals. Previous guest speakers have included Martha Schwartz, Andrew Grant, Andrew Wilson, Jeppe Aagard Anderson, Neil Porter, Chris Beardshaw and Kim Wilkie.

You’ll be based in our multi-million pound City Centre Campus within our Parkside Building, where you will have access to digital studios and 3D design workshops. The proximity of the newly built Eastside Park provides inspiration to your studies, introducing a strong example of contemporary civic space and park design.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements

  • 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels.

Level 2 qualifications

  • GCSE English Language or English Literature and GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests


  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)


    See level 3 entry requirements under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

  • Scottish National 5 

    English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade C or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.


  • 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

The BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture course aims to enhance employability skills by providing students with a comprehensive portfolio of design practice and academic study skills. Through experience in landscape studios, students will develop their design creativity and professional practice skills. The course also focuses on transferable skills, such as communication, problem-solving, negotiation, and planning. The learning environment is practice-based, aligned with landscape architecture and urban design, and offers opportunities for practice collaboration. The teaching staff holds trans-disciplinary qualifications and is committed to continuous development in alignment with contemporary issues and practices.
Daniela Teleku, a student on the course, completed a work placement at Fira, a nationally recognized practice of landscape architects, urban designers, master planners, and architects. She gained experience working in a multidisciplinary approach to projects, including detailed design for construction, conceptual and innovative design for a new play area, materials selection, and a site visit at the University of Birmingham Hotel and Conference Centre. Additionally, she built a 3D Revit model for a mental health project. The course supports student employability and long-term career opportunities, fostering transferable skills and fostering a strong professional foundation.

Course Details

The landscape architecture with urban design degree is assessed on 100% course work, preparing students for a career in the landscape design industry. The program offers extensive resources, including digital studios, 3D design workshops, traditional drawing workshops, and digital visual communication skills. Students develop a strong portfolio and confidence in design principles and communication. Additionally, optional joint trips to fascinating case study locations are offered each year, providing a deep appreciation of context and networking opportunities. These trips are subject to availability and require additional costs.

Year One

Inspiration 20 credits
Skills 20 credits
Influence 20 credits
Components 20 credits
Formation 40 credits

Year Two

Core Mdoules
Urban Character 20 credits
Context 20 credits
Praxis 20 credits
Urban Design 20 credits
Sustainable Urban Futures 20 credits
Optional Modules
Collaborative Practice 20 credits
Live Project 20 credits

Final Year

Major Project: Landscape Architecture 40 credits
Professionalism 20 credits
Major Design: Define 20 credits
Major Design: Deliver Urban Design 40 credits

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