MLArch Landscape Architecture

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

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.


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.

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 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.


This is a professional Masters. 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 studio based, and is 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.

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.

Dominick Comerford

I came from 15 years in the world of mainstream commercial architecture and wanted something more. Landscape Architecture introduced me to many additional subject areas relating to design in our environment - with an emphasis on natural, ecological and cultural values. The MLA at UCD opened my eyes and I now see the world around me in a much more exciting, stimulating and interesting way. I gave myself the opportunity of complete immersion in order to ‘get it ‘ as they say. The learning is ongoing, this is a wide and beautiful subject. 

I found the tutors very supportive and encouraging, some with infectious enthusiasm, which has stayed with me and is definitely the best way to learn. Having completed the MLA in 2006, my practice in Ireland now specialises in smaller scale Architecture and Landscape Architecture. I also tutor on the undergraduate programme at UCD.

The following entry routes are available:

Master Landscape Architecture FT (X051)
2 Years
Full Time
Rolling *

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