Masters degrees in Landscape Architecture provide the training and qualifications necessary to design, create and maintain exterior spaces, from national landmarks and public parks to agricultural developments and nature reserves.
These qualifications are often quite practical, with a strong vocational element and associated work experience placements. Programmes can also be research-based, focussing on the development of new methods and approaches to support practical work.
Many qualifications in these fields are professionally accredited. This means that they will entitle you to work in regulated careers.
In the UK, a Masters in Landscape Architecture should normally be recognised by the Landscape Institute in order to qualify you for professional practice. Programmes without specific accreditation will still provide useful skills and theoretical knowledge, but you should confirm that your course is suitable for your intended career path.
Your employment prospects with a Masters in Landscape Architecture are quite varied. You may end up as part of a large team for a major property developer, help support conservation and heritage management at a specific site, or be self-employed as a private contractor.
This course is a unique opportunity to qualify as both an architect and landscape architect. It is open to students with previous combined or separate degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture. The degree is awaiting prescription from the RIBA at Part 2, LI Part 3 and the ARB.
Your study focuses on a range of themed, design-based studios dedicated to specific areas of practice or research. There are compulsory modules in landscape architecture, humanities, management, building and plant sciences, and an integrated architecture and landscape architecture project.
To qualify as an architect, you’ll produce at least one comprehensive design project. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with local or regional groups on a real-life challenge through our Live Projects initiative.
Be part of creating a better outdoor built environment. Get the knowledge and skills to combine the creative design process with science, to influence human interaction with the landscape. Study how the designed landscape is connected to and impacts society, the economy, culture and sustainability.
You'll gain an expert understanding of key design practices and issues, and the effective use of design strategies through all stages of the design process. You'll also learn about the legal and ethical obligations of the professional landscape architect.
Learn to be critically objective and environmentally mindful in your approach to landscape architecture. Study, question and test ideals and theories as you work towards completing your design-based research thesis.
Victoria's MLA is one of only three programmes in New Zealand that meets the standards for accreditation with the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA). After you graduate you'll need to work as a landscape architect for around three years before you can become registered with the NZILA. Your qualification and registration will be recognised throughout New Zealand and internationally.
In your first year, or Part 1, you'll complete seven taught courses—six are compulsory and one elected. You'll study advanced landscape design and the technology used in urban infrastructure. Examine history, theory and criticism in landscape architecture and learn about professional practice.
You'll also study advanced research techniques and complete a studio-based investigation into an area of interest that can be further developed in your thesis year. You'll develop and test your ideas through writing and design.
During the second year, or Part 2, you'll complete a research portfolio or thesis under supervision from academic staff in the School.
Current research areas in the School include:
You'll be part of a strong culture of research and work with experienced staff who have published a variety of scholarly articles, books and conference papers.Read more about research in the School of Architecture.
The Master of Landscape Architecture can be completed in two years of full-time study or in up to four years if studying part time.
If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.
Postgraduate study will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. Make the most of opportunities to attend events, seminars, workshops and social functions.
You'll also benefit from the expertise of working professionals through the Faculty's connections with local industry.
The Postgraduate Students' Association can also give you information on study at Victoria and provides a voice for you on campus.
You'll graduate prepared to work as a landscape architect. You might start your own practice or work in a firm or government organisation. You're likely to collaborate with artists, ecologists, architects, planners and engineers to design a wide range of projects.
Other careers for graduates include parks and recreation planner, site designer and planner or urban designer. You could also work as a civil designer, public infrastructure consultant, sustainable development consultant or landscape assessor.