MArchSc Landscape Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The Masters of Architectural Science (Landscape studies) sets out the basis for a more integrated approach to managing (planning, designing, developing, conserving and caring) for the rural, fringe and urban landscape in Ireland and elsewhere.
The programme believes that the best postgraduate education takes place in an interdisciplinary environment.
All disciplines are involved in designing, planning, making and protecting the designed environment will share core modules in the same lecture space and design studio.
Students in Landscape will be educated by the leading researchers and practitioners in the Europe, and be exposed to contemporary theoretical, technical and legislative issues.
Vision and Values Statement
The programme is for graduates of architectural and other related disciplines that wish to deepen their understanding and knowledge of modern landscapes. It is an academic research-based programme (not a professional one) that takes a critical approach to contemporary landscape themes. We recognise the landscape as a broad, interdisciplinary subject and students shape their own studies in self-motivated fashion, typically conducting individual (or small group) project work. Small classes, tutorials, and discussion are key. The programme seeks to build each student's ability to pursue independent enquiry, and to teach transferable skills. Students acquire robust methodologies for enquiry, and develop a critical approach that includes reflecting on the purpose, results and process of their enquiries. Interdisciplinary exchange is fundamental in this programme, elements of which are co-taught with other MArchSc strands in Urban Design, History and Conservation, Sustainable Building Design and Performance. The course is located on campus amongst a group of related courses and disciplines from the Designed Environment and students enjoy a menu of open presentations and lectures. Understanding of the Irish landscape is encouraged through direct experience with excursions and site visits. Tutors and lecturers from Ireland and abroad bring a variety of practice and academic experiences to the classes and students present their work to a wider audience of students and academics, to broaden interdisciplinary discussion and enrich feedback.
On successful completion of this programme, students should: have an understanding of general issues, as well as specific areas of knowledge, relating to the contemporary landscape
have knowledge of established research methodologies, that they will have used to create insights and findings to inform their understanding
have developed a critical approach to their work.
be able to summarise a wide range of findings, make decisions, and draw conclusions that lead to relevant proposals.
have practice in presenting the process and findings of their studies in logical, interesting and well argued written, graphic and verbal form
have experience of interdisciplinary exchange, ability to identify the potential of other disciplines to influence the landscape and to communicate informed ideas and proposals about the landscape in that exchange
be comfortable working as an individual and group member, and presenting thinking in a public forum