MLArch Landscape Architecture

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

UCD  offers Ireland’s only advanced professional degree programme in Landscape Architecture. The MLA is a critical design-based programme that prepares students for juggling with the types of complex issues that affect Irish towns, cities and countryside in the Anthropocene. In Ireland, and elsewhere, questions of climate change, sea level rise, flooding, biodiversity and habitat loss meet weak planning, polluting practices, sprawl and a lack of political will. 

Our real-world, site-based approach seeks to decipher the cultural, ecological, spatial and environmental conditions and processes that are present in the modern landscape. Lessons learnt from Irish case studies can be applied elsewhere in the world and we seek to equip graduates with the skills required to contribute an essentially multidisciplinary approach to the design of healthier, greener, more sustainable communities, as well as the policies that underpin them.


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

Graduates of landscape architecture, landscape design, environmental design and architecture programmes.

  • UCD’s 2-year Masters programme in Landscape Architecture is the only professional course in Ireland.
  • Taught by specialists from departments across the university, this programme takes a truly multi-disciplinary approach to the landscape.
  • Landscape architecture 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.

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.

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.

UCD graduates have gone on to practice in a professional capacity in many countries of the world, employed by landscape or multidisciplinary practices, by NGO’s and by governmental organisations in design, managerial and policy roles.

MLArch Landscape Architecture (X051) Full Time
nonEU    Year 2 - € 25600 aa
EU          Year 1 - € 8410
nonEU    Year 1 - € 26400
EU          Year 2 - € 8410 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2022 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2021/22
***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:

The MLA is an internationally recognised professional qualification. UCD’s MLA programme is accredited by the Irish Landscape Institute as well as by IFLA, the International Federation of Landscape Architecture. 

  • An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalent in landscape architecture, architecture or environmental design. Portfolio submission is required.
  • Graduates of certain cognate disciplines such as planning, geography, environmental studies with minimum 2:1 award (UCD GPA 3.08 or above) or international equivalence should consider the MLA pathway or Master of Landscape Studies (T296)
  • 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.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Graduate Profile - Yu Sun

"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."

The following entry routes are available:

Master Landscape Architecture FT (X051)
2 Years
Full Time

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