MArchSc Landscape Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

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The Masters of Architectural Science (Landscape studies) sets out the basis for a more integrated approach to managing (planning, designing, developing, conserving and caring) for the rural, fringe and urban landscape in Ireland and elsewhere. 

  • The programme believes that the best postgraduate education takes place in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • All disciplines are involved in designing, planning, making and protecting the designed environment will share core modules in the same lecture space and design studio.
  • Students in Landscape will be educated by the leading researchers and practitioners in the Europe, and be exposed to contemporary theoretical, technical and legislative issues.

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.

Full Time option suitable for:

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

The programme is for graduates of architectural and other related disciplines that wish to deepen their understanding and knowledge of modern landscapes. It is an academic 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, and to teach transferable skills. Students acquire robust methodologies for enquiry, and develop a critical approach that includes reflecting on the purpose, results and process of their enquiries. Interdisciplinary exchange is fundamental in this programme, elements of which are co-taught with other MArchSc strands in Urban Design, History and Conservation, Sustainable Building Design and Performance. 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.

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

MArchSc Landscape Studies (T296) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7640
nonEU    fee per year - € 24200

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. 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 International Scholarships.

  • 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.

Student Profile
Dhivyaa Chelvan, India,

I chose the MArchSc in Landscape Architecture in UCD as I hold a professional architecture degree (B.Arch) from India and I was looking for a one-year masters to enhance my knowledge on landscape. Additionally, the studio is multi-disciplinary combining all strands of Architecture. Overall, I have found the quality of the education and infrastructure outstanding in UCD. Initially after I graduate, I would like to find a job as a building and outdoor space design architect, but my long term goal is to omplete a PhD and work as an academic. UCD has given me a very good foundation to move in this direction

The School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy offers dedicated studio space for its students, a dedicated architecture library and map room, access to fully equipped computer facilities, a building laboratory space with a wide range of equipment including laser cutters and CNC router, and access to monitoring and simulation equipment in the Earth Institute.

The following entry routes are available:

MArchSc Landscape Studies FT (T296)
1 Years
Full Time
Rolling *

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