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MArchSc Landscape Studies

Course Description

[[Why Landscape Studies?]]
In response to global socio-economic and climate change issues the landscape is gradually being recognized as the sole supplier of food, energy and habitat responsible for our quality of life. An understanding of the land as a finite reserve with a certain potential for adaptation is emerging.
Ireland identifies with its landscapes that trace a thousand years of settlement and the changing agricultural practices that helped shape them. In Ireland, as elsewhere, the landscape was a place of slow change and adaptation, but recent large-scale and largely unplanned transformation of town and countryside polarized opinion about Ireland’s vision of its town and countryside. Meanwhile, across Europe, and globally, concerns about dramatic and widespread climate and landscape change have led to growing interest in the uses and meanings of landscapes, in the social and environmental consequences of extensive urbanization and in questions of future food, land and energy security and governance.
Global challenges will increasingly include sustainable energy and food production, management of landscape and communications infrastructures and the invention of systemic ways to improve and protect our built and natural environment.

[[What is the programme about?]]
With demands on the land increasing, there is need for all sorts of practitioners that can take the potential of the landscape better into account. Drawing on the concept of landscape as a place of activity and provider of services contributing to sustainability and quality of life, the Masters of Architectural Science (Landscape studies) sets out the basis for a more integrated approach to managing (planning, designing, developing, conserving and caring) for the rural, fringe and urban landscape in Ireland and elsewhere.
Working in a creative interdisciplinary environment, students will acquire analytical, theoretical and innovative problem-solving skills as well as practical knowledge relevant to current debate in Ireland and elsewhere. Supported by national and international experts, the programme culminates in a dissertation backed by a combination of lectures, seminars, field trips, case studies and studio work.

[[Who is the MArchSc Landscape Studies for?]]
This programme is aimed at designers, developers, managers and policy makers whose work will affect the form and function of land that supports human settlement and who want a better understanding of the interaction between natural and cultural processes.

[[Programme Highlights]]
* The programme believes that the best postgraduate education takes place in an interdisciplinary environment.
* All disciplines are involved in designing, planning, making and protecting the designed environment will share core modules in the same lecture space and design studio.
* Students in Landscape will be educated by the leading researchers and practitioners in the Europe, and be exposed to contemporary theoretical, technical and legislative issues.
* Students will be encouraged to work across disciplines to question what has happened to make the environment the way it is and how this could be improved in the future.
* Students will also participate in the creative context of the UCD School of Architecture, where many changing exhibitions, guest lectures and research seminars enhance the postgraduate experience.

[[Career Opportunities]]
A challenge in the future will be the management of landscape resources and infrastructures, including urban, fringe and rural development, at various scales. Those with a more holistic understanding and qualification in this field will have a distinct advantage over others hoping to shape the future of the built and natural environment. Graduates of this programme may participate in changing the way that local and everyday landscapes are perceived, designed, planned and protected, all over the world.

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Entry Requirements

The programme is for all graduates of disciplines engaged in designing, managing, evaluating and legislating for the care and development of the designed environment. The names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation must also be provided.If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.

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