This Master programme teaches you how to design with the landscape. You will work with the natural and cultural processes that shape 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.
UCD is at the forefront of Landscape Architecture education in Ireland.
Landscape architecture is one of the professions that is becoming crucial in mediating against the effects of climate change and ensuring quality of life in the city
Internationally recognised qualification that leads to professional practice in Landscape Architecture
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.
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.