Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
Advanced programme of multidisciplinary study for graduates of landscape architecture, architecture and/or environmental design programmes. UCD Landscape Architecture offers Ireland's only graduate degree programmes in Landscape Architecture, and our teaching staff includes some of the country's top practitioners and academics. The MLA is a critical design-based programme that prepares students for juggling with the types of complex issues that are already affecting towns and cities in the Anthropocene, including in Ireland, where questions of climate change, sea level rise, flooding, biodiversity and habitat loss meet weak planning, polluting practices, sprawl, poor housing and inadequate systems of public transport.
Our site-based approach seeks to understand the types of cultural, political, ecological, spatial and environmental conditions and processes that affect the quality of modern life. Lessons learnt from real-life Irish case studies can be applied elsewhere in the world, and we equip graduates with the skills required to contribute to an essentially multidisciplinary approach to the design of greener, healthier, happier and more sustainable urban communities. Recognizing the wide range of contemporary landscape topics present in this rapidly changing world, our structure allows students to select subjects corresponding with individual interests. Our approach requires each individual to contribute personal expertise to the studio team as we seek to expand the traditional boundaries of the discipline.
Who should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
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 & Statement
At the interface between the human and the natural world, our approach marries spatial design skills with an understanding of nature-led solutions, engineering, urban and rural planning, natural and social sciences and the humanities. We place emphasis on understanding, interpreting and designing inhabited landscapes, and study the Irish landscape in particular. This is an advanced programme in which students are encouraged to identify issues present in contemporary Irish society, and address them through design. Our programme focuses on designing with nature in a context that pushes typical urban analytical and project boundaries outwards from the city. Embedded in the real-world, our studio sites are large and include coasts and rivers, hills and valleys, farmlands and woodlands as well as towns and villages. We review traditional planning and engineering approaches critically and explore alternatives, seeking better, more beautiful, more sustainable solutions that work with nature to the benefit of all. 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. Studio based Learning is supported by lectures and seminars on necessary subjects and research methods. Students present their work to a public audience as well as to academics and 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. Teaching, learning and assessment includes debate and discussion, public presentations, graphic and written communication, as well as group project work. 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
Have knowledge of research methodologies oriented towards the discipline and practice of landscape architecture
Have developed a critical approach to their work.
Be able to explore a range of approaches in a structured manner, summarise findings, make decisions and draw conclusions leading to relevant proposals.
Be able to present the process and findings of their studies in logical, interesting and well argued written, graphic and verbal form.
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.