MLArch Landscape Architecture

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

Advanced programme of multidisciplinary study for graduates of landscape architecture, architecture and/or environmental design programmes. 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.  The MLA is a critical design-based programme that prepares students for juggling with the types of complex issues that are already affecting towns and cities in the Anthropocene, including in Ireland, where questions of climate change, sea level rise, flooding, biodiversity and habitat loss meet weak planning, polluting practices, sprawl, poor housing and inadequate systems of public transport. 

Our site-based approach seeks to understand the types of cultural, political, ecological, spatial and environmental conditions and processes that affect the quality of modern life. Lessons learnt from real-life Irish case studies can be applied elsewhere in the world, and we equip graduates with the skills required to contribute to an essentially multidisciplinary approach to the design of greener, healthier, happier and more sustainable urban communities. Recognizing the wide range of contemporary landscape topics present in this rapidly changing world, our structure allows students to select subjects corresponding with individual interests. Our approach requires each individual to contribute personal expertise to the studio team as we seek to expand the traditional boundaries of the discipline.


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

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

At the interface between the human and the natural world, our approach marries spatial design skills with an understanding of nature-led solutions, engineering, urban and rural planning, natural and social sciences and the humanities. 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. 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. Studio based Learning is supported by lectures and seminars on necessary subjects and research methods. Students present their work to a public audience as well as to academics and 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. Teaching, learning and assessment includes debate and discussion, public presentations, graphic and written communication, as well as group project work. Small classes, tutorials and discussion are key.

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. The MLA qualification leads on to further study in landscape architecture or one of the associated disciplines, and on to careers in academia.

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

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