2.5 years
Feb Jul
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Landscape Architecture introduces you to the world of design research at a postgraduate and post-professional level, with key contemporary approaches to landscape architectural design and urbanism. It's 'research through designing', 'research by design project'. You develop the skills to carve out a particular focus of investigation that can contribute to landscape architecture, the world and your own professional development. Highlights include:

  • Focus on design.
  • Intended to act as a springboard for design leaders, design researchers and design educators.
  • The only postgraduate landscape architectural programme in the northern part of New Zealand.
  • Emphasis on real-world projects, fieldwork, and the practice of landscape design in a complex and dynamic world.
  • Primarily designed for qualified and experienced landscape architects but suitably qualified designers from other disciplines (with appropriate experience) and strong recent landscape architecture graduates can also apply.
  • Significant emphasis on 'modes of practice' and how to approach design problems.
  • Focus on landscape architectural urbanism.
  • A collaborative working relationship with the Master of Architecture, which is also developing an urbanistic emphasis.
  • An intimate, collegial and mobile design research culture. Attention is given to generating an intense ongoing and supportive discussion of design work, key issues and techniques in seminar and studio modes.
  • Individual supervision in a design studio environment.
  • Dedicated workspaces for full-time students in our refitted 24-hour access studio space.
  • The programme distinguishes itself from coursework-heavy professional masters programmes, which provide introductory professional qualifications, and from Master of Urban Design programmes, which in Australia and New Zealand tend to focus on one particular way of approaching urban design.
  • Experienced staff: the Programme Leader founded the first post-professional design research degree in landscape architecture at RMIT University, won design awards for public projects, published widely and taught at the University of Pennsylvania at the invitation of James Corner.
  • A supervisory team with strong abilities in design processes, modes of practice, urbanism, the use of representation, open systems thinking and ecology.
  • Critique at regular workshops and examination by local, national and international critics.
  • Access to quality digital design tools.
  • Part-time study available.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

Special Admission

  • Applicants may be eligible for admission if they meet the special admission requirements outlined in the programme specific admission requirements.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.