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Landscape Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Recognising the wide range of contemporary landscape topics present in this rapidly changing world, the structure of this one-year programme allows students to deepen their knowledge of subjects that correspond with chosen individual interests. Landscape Studies students meet the Masters of Landscape Architecture students in a year-long real world site-based multidisciplinary design studio. Design in this context includes policy design and visualisation, cultural interventions, exhibitions, as well as spatial design and representations and scenario building.

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.

This year-long programme of multidisciplinary study is mainly for graduates of landscape architecture, architecture and other design-based degrees but also accepts graduates of associated disciplines such as environmental studies, geography, planning and forestry.

Who should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

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

Vision & Values Statement
The programme is for graduates of design related disciplines that wish to deepen their understanding and knowledge of modern landscapes. It is a 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. It teaches transferable skills; students acquire robust methodologies for enquiry, and develop a critical approach that reflects on the purpose, results and process of their enquiries. Interdisciplinary exchange is fundamental in this programme, elements of which are co-taught by or with other disciplines such as ecology, planning and engineering. 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.

Programme Outcome
On successful completion of this programme, students should: have an understanding of general issues, as well as specific areas of knowledge, relating to the inhabited 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

On successful completion of this programme, students should: have an understanding of general issues, as well as specific areas of knowledge, relating to the inhabited landscape

be able to summarise a wide range of findings, make decisions, and draw conclusions that lead to relevant proposals.

be comfortable working as an individual and group member, and presenting thinking in a public forum

have developed a critical approach to their work.

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

have knowledge of established research methodologies, that they will have used to create insights and findings to inform their understanding

have practice in presenting the process and findings of their studies in logical, interesting and well argued written, graphic and verbal form

Entry requirements

A bachelors degree with a minimum upper second class honours (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in a relevant programme.

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.

Duration

1 year Full Time

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
A common challenge in the future will include the management of landscape resources and infrastructures. Those with advanced qualifications in this field will have a distinct advantage over others hoping to shape the future of the built and natural environment. Graduates of this programme participate in changing the way that local and everyday landscapes are perceived, designed, planned and protected, all over the world.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Adam Trodd
Contact Number: +353 1 716 2729

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Landscape Research 1 LARC40420
MArchSc Thesis (Landscape Studies) LARC40490
Landscape Study I LARC40510
Landscape Study II LARC40520

Stage 1 - Option

Climate Change & the Environment ARCH41060
History & Theory of the Designed Environment IV - Architecture, Urban and Landscape ARCT30030
Urban Design Theory (UDT) ARCT40180
Introduction to Urban Design ARCT40660
Rivers, Estuaries and Coasts GEOG20040
River Catchment Management GEOG30370
Geographic Information Systems GEOG30830
Environmental Assessment GEOG30860
Urban Rivers GEOG40710
GIS for Environmental Assessment GEOG40770
Landscape Trees and Shrubs HORT30050
Landscape Research 2 LARC40440
Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design PLAN40020
Rural & Landscape Planning PLAN40040

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MArchSc Landscape Studies FT (T296)
Duration 1 Years

Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

MArchSc Landscape Studies (T296) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8085 va
nonEU fee per year - € 25600 va

va"Bench Fees EU and non EU students on this programme are also required to pay a charge of €450 to cover the cost of consumables in addition to the published fee above"
***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/scholarshipsfinances/scholarships/.

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see: www.ucd.ie/eacollege/study/noneuscholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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