MLArch Landscape Architecture
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
This Master programme teaches you how to design with nature to enhance the natural and cultural processes that shape life in our towns and countryside. Graduates of this professionally recognised programme can go onto practice as landscape architects in Ireland, Europe and elsewhere – designing anything from gardens to cities.
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
This is a taught, two-year, full-time, professionally recognised graduate programme that builds on competencies gained at an undergraduate level from the Bachelors in Landscape Architecture or related programmes in Ireland and abroad. This Masters is for students wishing to gain a higher professional qualification.
UCD's 2-year Masters programme in Landscape Architecture is the only professionally recognized course in Ireland.
Recognised by IFLA Europe (the international body for landscape architecture), the programme is a final academic step in the path that leads towards professional status. It builds on the learning taught in 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree programmes in landscape architecture.
Taught by specialists from departments across the university, this programme takes a truly multi-disciplinary approach to the landscape.
Landscape architecture is one of the professions that is becoming crucial in mediating against the effects of climate change and ensuring quality of life. UCD's multidisciplinary approach prepares graduates for the complexities of professional practice in a changing world.
Delivered by an Architecture School ranked in the top 100 in Europe by Domus.
Vision and Values Statement
This is a professional Masters programme. Recognised by IFLA Europe (the international body for landscape architecture), the programme is a final academic step in the path that leads towards professional status. It builds on the learning taught in 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree programmes in landscape architecture. We place emphasis on understanding, interpreting and designing the landscape, be it rural or urban, and study the irish landscape in particular. This is an advanced programme in which students are free to identify issues present in contemporary Irish society, and address them through design. Students typically conduct individual, or small group, project work and the course seeks to build each student's ability to pursue independent inquiry using robust methodologies and critical thinking. Learning is largely design and studio based supported by lectures and seminars on relevant skills and research methods. Students present their work to an academic audience and to practitioners to broaden discussion and enrich feedback. The course is located on campus among a group of related disciplines from the Designed Environment with a large selection of open presentations and lectures. Broad themes are selected for study and individual interests within these are encouraged. Project work is individual or in small groups. Tutors and lecturers from Ireland and abroad bring a variety of academic and practice-based experience to the classes. Small classes, tutorials and discussion are key.
On successful completion of this programme, students should:
1. Have a deep understanding of key issues in contemporary landscape architecture
2. Have knowledge of research methodologies oriented towards the discipline and practice of landscape architecture
3. Have developed a critical approach to their work.
4. Be able to explore a range of approaches in a structured manner, summarise findings, make decisions and draw conclusions leading to relevant proposals.
5. Be able to present the process and findings of their studies in logical, interesting and well argued written, graphic and verbal form.
6. Work competently as individuals and group members, and present their thinking in a public forum.
Graduates of this programme are critical thinkers, interdisciplinary debaters and skilled in graphic and written communications. Graduates have developed research skills, are able to think and work independently and are used to functioning as part of a team. Each graduate has developed a personal set of skills and competencies that enables them to work within the broad domain of landscape architecture, as a strong member of a multidisciplinary team.