What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies degree gives students the knowledge and technical skills to create sustainable design solutions to complex development issues, with respect for the environment, culture and society, using materials and technologies intelligently.

BA(LS) courses include practical and theoretical studies in landscape design, history, theory, ecology, landscape sciences, planting, sustainability, community, construction technology, visual communication and digital technology. Landscape-design studio projects are based on topical issues, and students explore diverse approaches to a wide range of environmental and development challenges, looking to create places that have identity, vibrancy and diversity.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the faculty's overseas field trips, community workshops and exchange programmes with overseas institutions. A key component of the programme is the semester students spend in the Faculty's Shanghai Study Centre.

Professional Recognition

BA(LS) is a first degree leading on to the more specialized, professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree, and then to a professional qualification and registration as a landscape architect. The BA(LS) programme provides an excellent general arts education that will give students the ability to enter other related design or research fields.

Career Prospects

Many of our graduates pursue specialized academic studies and research in landscape architecture or related disciplines at The University of Hong Kong and other leading institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.

Despite the challenging economic environment, the demand for landscape architects has increased in recent years as a result of rising awareness of environmental and quality-of-life issues. Many of our graduates join professional consultancy firms and work with landscape architects, architects, engineers, ecologists, planners and so on, or work for contractors, or as site-supervisory staff, or in landscape management. Others work for government offices, non-profit organizations and advocacy groups.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Architecture

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (US$ 21,837) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2020

More details

Start date

Expected September 2020

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

G14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants studying the degree in the US or in a US university/college operating in Hong Kong should have completed: the US High School Graduation Diploma; at least 12 years of pre-university schooling on a full-time basis; and one year’s study on a full-time AD programme at a recognized US university/community college, provided that the AD programme is at least two years in duration. For applicants following Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in community colleges: should hold the US High School Graduation Diploma; at least 12 years of pre-university schooling on a full-time basis; and successful completion of IGETC with Grade C or above in each of the subjects. Other English Language Requirements accepted: a score of 583 or better in the paper-based TOEFL; or Grade C or better in English Language at GCSE / GCEO; or Grade C or better in English First Language at IGCSE; or Grade B or better in English Second Language at IGCSE; or other equivalents.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 31 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 2A 1B level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test: Candidates should have completed - Redesigned SAT: 1350; SAT Subject Tests: 550 in each of the 3 subjects; AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects or equivalent
  • You must achieve at least one of the following English Language Requirements to be considered for admission to HKU.

    International Baccalaureate Diploma

    GCSE / GCEO

  • Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
  • Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
  • Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

  • Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
  • Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
  • SAT Reasoning Test: Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test;

    IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module;

    TOEFL: A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or 583 in the paper-based test.

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    About this uni

    University of Hong Kong had ten of its disciplines ranked in the top 20 globally in the QS World University Rankings by subjects 2019.

    • Recognized as ‘most international’ university in the world
    • Professors ranked among world’s top 1 % of scientists
    • Intensive international collaboration with top universities
    • Graduate employment rate of nearly 100% for 13 years