MArchSc 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.

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

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.

  • 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

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.

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

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

  • 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.

Graduate 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
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