City scape

Landscape Architecture

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.

Course Description
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.

Programme Outcomes
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.

Entry requirements

Applicants need a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture or a related programme.

Graduates of certain cognate disciplines such as architecture, planning, geography, environmental studies with minimum 2:1 award (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence will be considered.

Portfolio submission is required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should refer to the MLA Pathway.


2 years full-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Graduates of this professionally recognised programme can go onto practice as landscape architects in Ireland, Europe and elsewhere – designing anything from gardens to cities. A qualification in landscape architecture can lead to employment opportunities in a large variety of fields associated with human settlement. Our graduates frequently work as part of large multidisciplinary teams alongside architects, engineers, planners, artists, ecologists, and surveyors. They work in private practise, local government, academia and many different kinds of non-governmental organisations all over the world.

Such is the broad overview gained in UCD Landscape Architecture that graduates are often chosen as the master-planners for large-scale projects.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Erin O'Malley
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 1871

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Landscape Ecology

Landscape Trees and Shrubs

Professional Practice Business and Planning Law

Landscape Studio 4 B

Landscape Studio 4A

Landscape Research 1

Landscape Architectural Dissertation

Landscape Architectural Thesis

Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Landscape

Psychology of Landscape


Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning


Application date

Who should apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

How to apply?

The following entry routes are available:

Master Landscape Architecture FT (X051)
Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MLArch Landscape Architecture (X051) Full Time
EU Year 1: €7640
EU Year 2: €7640 aa
Non EU Year 1: €24200
Non EU Year 2: €23800 vb

aa Second Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2018 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2017/18.

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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