2 Years Full-Time
Focused on modern urban everyday life, climate change and our need for a healthy natural world, the MLA at UCD is taught as a profession of the future. UCD’s MLA is a multidisciplinary course delivered by specialists that include landscape architects, ecologists, hydrologists, engineers, planners, geographers and artists, and others. We make connections across disciplines to prepare students for the complexity of professional life in the built environment. Our programme focuses on designing with nature in a context that pushes typical urban analytical and project boundaries outwards from the city. Our studio sites include coasts and rivers, hills and valleys, farmlands and woodlands as well as the town. 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 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.
UCD is highly attractive to students due to the exposure to world leading researchers as well as the significant career prospects.
The MLA programme includes lectures, design studios, field trips and research into topics of contemporary significance. The final year research-led design studio is embedded within an Irish town and deals with live issues raised by the community.
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Programme commences: September 2019,
Duration: 24 months (with advanced entry possible for graduates of IFLA recognized undergraduate programmes in Landscape Architecture)
A 3-year Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture with minimum 2.2 award (NFQ level 8) or international equivalent in a cognate discipline such as landscape engineering, landscape planning, architecture or environmental design.
While the MLA is of interest primarily to students from landscape architecture, it will also appeal to graduates from a variety of other disciplinary backgrounds. Contact the Programme Director for advice on how to convert your undergraduate degree into a professionally recognized qualification in landscape architecture. Graduates of non-design based undergraduate degrees may be required to undergo a pathway programme.MLA Pathway