MSc Global Change Landscape Design

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Global climate change is altering everything—everywhere in the world. We are faced with necessary tasks relating to the design and build of our surrounding environments. The landscape and its functions, its ecosystem services and its appearance, will inevitably change. As the energy transition accelerates, the landscape is developing into a global powerhouse. Simultaneously, the landscape, with its soils, peatlands, wetlands, forests and oceans, must be assisted in its capacity as a major global carbon sink.

The landscape will become a global infrastructure element with decentralized renewable energy production; the corresponding power lines, substations, battery parks, biomass production, pipelines, transport routes, etc. All of this must be carefully thought out and designed. This is the only way to ensure attractive, sustainable future growth.

Careers & Employability

Graduates of the program literally have the world at their feet. Global change creates needs and opportunities that are only now fully unfolding. Medium and large offices and global consulting firms are looking for landscape specialists who can understand, assess and design the future landscape. This is not just limited to the world’s land masses, but also includes the oceans, where large offshore industries (e.g. wind power) are emerging.

Specifically, graduates will have a skill set affording opportunities to work in a variety of industries and companies, including:

  • Landscape Architecture/Urban Planning firms SWA Group, ARUP, AECOM, Hargreaves Associates
  • Environmental Consultancy firms MKO, ERM, Tetra Tech, Jacobs
  • Real Estate Development companies Remcoll, LDA, Lendlease
  • Government agencies European Environment Agency (EEA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
  • Non-Profit Organizations European Landscape Convention (ELC), Irish Environmental Network, Heritage Council of Ireland

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

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

  • Advanced Skills in the principles of landscape architecture including dedication, vision and passion for design and our environment.
  • Future Orientated and alive to the careful balance needed for current and future resources and energy responsibility with complex knowledge of the rich ecology of sites and how to phase interventions towards these.
  • Practiced in research methods, design methods and mastery of communication in a range of visual, verbal, written, and digital modes.
  • Create leaders who are conscious of climatic and social challenges, with in-depth knowledge of process with an ethical outlook, knowing when to intervene and when not to.
  • Spatially trained with well-considered appreciation of the cultural & historical, environmental & specific context, to design appropriate solutions and delightful spaces.
  • Collaborative and committed to participative planning with end users and the need for lifelong curiosity and professional growth in practice.
  • Adopt a theoretical framework and critical approach to data to synthesize divergent demands in a changing context and draw conclusions to generate creative proposals.
  • Curious, efficient and reliable in delivering to program and budget, advanced knowledge of digital systems and aware of the complexities of material selection and reuse.

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Course Content & Structure

  • 90 credits taught masters
    • 60 credits of taught modules
    • 30 credits internship

Core Modules Include:

  • Research-By-Design Studios A and B
  • Landscape Research
  • Geodesign For Urban Futures
  • Water, Soil & Vegetation
  • Fieldwork

Live Learning

This programme offers students the opportunity to complete a 1-trimester work placement, where students’ technical and business knowledge can be applied and developed in a dynamic real-world setting. This creates a seamless transition between master’s studies and subsequent professional life, which is very attractive for students and future employers.

Face to Face

The program is taught face-to-face and takes place primarily in the inspiring and interactive environment of two design studios. This form of conveying creative content offers the opportunity for transdisciplinary work and network building that can last a lifetime.

MSc Global Change Landscape Design (T407) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 10300
nonEU    fee per year - € 29100

MSc Global Change Landscape Design (T408) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5270
nonEU    fee per year - € 14550

***Fees are subject to change

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a relevant programme including Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Design or any other Creative Studies in a cognate discipline may apply. 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. Portfolio submission is essential (We ask that you submit a portfolio of your own creative work. We are interested in any form of creative work, but also in any type of independent project work that could inspire others. File size maximum 100 MB. The format must be PDF.)

Joerg Rekittke the UCD - Head of Landscape Architecture

"As academics, programme directors, and programme team, we dedicate ourselves with enthusiasm and all our creative strength to the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced: global climate change and its overwhelming consequences that will change everything in the world. The landscape, the ecosystems, the flora, the fauna, the economy, the cities, the societies — everything. As a landscape architect and designer, I know that we have always stood and worked on the right side, outdoors, where the forces of nature work. The current accumulation of crises renders clearer than ever what we have to tackle and do. All essential tasks of future landscape design are directly related to the requirements of man-made global change. We can’t wait for anything anymore, we have to act now, design now, and implement now.”

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Global Change Landscape Design FT (T407)
1 Years
Full Time
MSc Global Change Landscape Design PT (T408)
2 Years
Part Time

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