MLArch Landscape Architecture

Academic Year 2019/2020

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

This Master programme teaches you how to design with nature to enhance the natural and cultural processes that shape life in 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.


Careers & Employability

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.  

Embedded within a real community, facing site-specific real-world problems, our trans-disciplinary, research-led design studio prepares our graduates for the complexities of practice in the built environment.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

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

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.

  • UCD’s 2-year Masters programme iin 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.

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
  • 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.

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.

MLArch Landscape Architecture (X051) Full Time
EU          Year 1 - € 7830
EU          Year 2 - € 7830 aa
nonEU    Year 1 - € 24800
nonEU    Year 2 - € 24200 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2019 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2018/19
***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

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

  • 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.

"When I first came from China the beautiful scenery in Ireland impressed me deeply and I knew where I wanted to continue my studies. The Masters has endowed me with deeper knowledge of the complexities of the landscape and the final year real-world studio opened my eyes to trans-disciplinary thinking and the potential of a landscape approach.
This year was challenging, but a unique way to learn - we spent a lot of time on site, students worked together closely, teachers were supportive and helpful - and I am very proud of my part in creating an exhibition of work that made a real difference to local people. My future as a landscape architect will be in helping find solutions that improve local and global environments and bring comfort to human souls, and I am looking forward to starting my first job, here in Dublin."

Yu Sun, Graduate

The following entry routes are available: