Landscape Architecture

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) & MLA (NFQ Level 9)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN120
CAO Points Range 2017: 348
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 25

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, and three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

If you love design, nature and the outdoors, are interested in society and the ways that we live, and want to make a better, more sustainable future for our towns and countrysides, then Landscape Architecture is for you. This exciting programme teaches you how to design with nature to improve our environment and the quality of our lives. Landscape architects work on all sorts of projects, all over the world, designing habitats for humans and non-humans: homes for city birds, playgrounds for children, rooftop gardens, streetscapes, city parks and even cities themselves. They transform urban and rural land, and water-bodies, and advise on countryside matters. Landscape design engages environmentalism, urbanism and culture, teaching important transferable skills that you’ll use wherever you are, whatever you do in the future.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates of UCD Landscape Architecture work all over the world because of their transferable skills. Our students become professional landscape architects, setting up in business, working in private practice, for governmental bodies or NGO’s. Others go onto further academic study in landscape architecture, or related subjects and some go onto work in areas such as:

  • Environmental and Ecological Policy- Making
  • Conservation and Resource Management
  • Planning or Urban Design

The majority of our students become professional landscape architects. After two years of approved work experience, graduates can sit the Irish Landscape Institute professional exams, which lead to full professional membership of the ILI (see

Two Masters programmes: Landscape Architecture (MLA) and Landscape Studies (MArchSc), are available for those who wish to pursue the subject at taught graduate level. The School of Architecture also offers related Masters by Research and Doctoral programmes.

What Will I Study

The design studio is central to Landscape Architecture. You’ll spend most of your time in the studio, pursuing individual and small group project work. You’ll learn by doing design projects that allow you to develop creative skills and apply knowledge taught through lectures, seminars, drawing classes, field trips, reviews, readings, individual and group tutorials. Lectures fall into three main categories:

Ecological and Environmental Sciences

  • Land Use & the Environment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Soils, Biology, Botany
  • Trees & Shrubs.

Human Sciences, Technology and Culture

  • Landscape History & Theory, Archaeology
  • Rural & Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Materials & Construction
  • Aesthetics, Drawing and Landscape Representation.

Professional and Managerial Skills

  • Professional Practice
  • Law
  • Research and Writing.

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A combination of regular studio reviews, reports, as well as end-of-semester written and portfolio examinations is used to assess your work. The 4th year concludes with a design thesis based on a subject of your own choosing.

International Study Opportunities

We encourage students to gain international experience and many of our students study abroad as part of this programme.


“For as long as I can remember I have loved art and design. During secondary school, I was very interested in Geography and began to develop an interest in land use and the environment. A degree in Landscape Architecture offered me the opportunity to study a subject of great interest to me while allowing me to develop my artistic side. The course required a lot of hard work but the rewards compensated. I found myself with an understanding of environmental conservation and a concern for sympathetic future development, both urban and rural. Also, my design capabilities improved to an extent that I would never have thought possible. Having graduated in 2014, I was delighted to be offered a job with an eminent Dublin firm called BSLA and have since been working on some very rewarding projects.”
Colin Torpay, Graduate

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