MArchSc Landscape Studies FT (T296)

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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.


1 - 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
2 - have knowledge of established research methodologies, that they will have used to create insights and findings to inform their understanding
3 - have developed a critical approach to their work.
4 - be able to summarise a wide range of findings, make decisions, and draw conclusions that lead to relevant proposals.
5 - have practice in presenting the process and findings of their studies in logical, interesting and well argued written, graphic and verbal form
6 - 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
7 - be comfortable working as an individual and group member, and presenting thinking in a public forum
Stage 1

The MArchSc Landscape Studies is a 1-year 90-credit Masters Programme comprising 60 credits of Core Modules and 30 credits of Option Modules. If students would prefer to take one or more Option modules not listed, that may be possible as a Negotiated Option.  Any request to take a module that is not listed as an Option Module will require approval of the Governing Board. Students are advised to contact the Programme Director (sophia.meeres@ucd.ie) before the start of their studies so as to discuss and agree Options and negotiated options, in accordance with individual learning requirements.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
LARC40510 Landscape Study I Autumn

15

LARC40520 Landscape Study II Spring

15

LARC40490 MArchSc Thesis (Landscape Studies) Summer

30

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN6OF:
Students must select 30 credits of Option modules or negotiated option credits. To give a balanced workload of 30 credits per Trimester, it is recommended that 15 credits should be taken in the Autumn Trimester, and 15 credits in the Spring Trimester. Any unlisted modules to be taken as negotiated options must be discussed with the Programme Director, and will require the approval of the Governing Board.
     
AESC40150 Wildlife Conservation Autumn

5

ARCT30030 History & Theory of the Designed Environment IV - Architecture, Urban and Landscape Autumn

5

ARCT40660 Introduction to Urban Design Autumn

5

GEOG20040 Rivers, Estuaries and Coasts Autumn

5

GEOG30370 River Catchment Management Autumn

5

GEOG30860 Environmental Assessment Autumn

5

GEOG40770 GIS for Environmental Assessment Autumn

5

HORT30050 Landscape Trees and Shrubs Autumn

5

LARC40420 Landscape Research 1 Autumn

5

PLAN40020 Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design Autumn

5

PLAN40230 Governing Nature Autumn

5

AESC20070 Soil Resources Spring

5

AESC40190 Habitat Evaluation Spring

5

ARCT40180 Urban Design Theory (UDT) Spring

5

GEOG40750 Reimagining Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban Regeneration Spring

5

LARC40550 Building Biodiversity: nature as Builder Spring

5

LAW41660 Planning Law APEP Spring

5

PLAN40040 Rural & Landscape Planning Spring

5


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