Design your future growth with a Master of Landscape Architecture.


Landscape Architecture is primarily a design discipline concerned with the quality of the environment.

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Course description, features and facilities

Through design practice and research, the Master of Landscape Architecture educates students in many aspects of the profession. It strives to create critical thinkers with rigorous skills in the pragmatic and theoretical art of landscape design and manipulation.

The course will provide emphasis on ecological, cultural and social concerns at a global, regional and local level. Through detailed analysis and skill development students learn about various technical systems in site planning, landscape and land use planning, design and management, restoration and rehabilitation of disturbed environments, the design and management of outdoor spaces and the application of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental or urban projects.

The final stage of a professional education in Landscape Architecture will prepare students to enter the profession and requires the completion of fully resolved projects taken to a developed design stage through an independent research project. Graduates of this course will be equipped with a range of high-level technical, analytical, design and communication skills necessary to formulate solutions to contemporary challenges.

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Student profile – Vanessa Margetts

Studying Landscape Architecture at UWA taught me the importance of thinking holistically, to always question the brief, push the boundaries and to be unafraid to try something new.

The collaborative engagement nature of the discipline means Landscape Architecture is a good platform to create cultural awareness and environmental change. I love the diversity that the profession offers and the creative side of the work I’m involved in.

I am currently working at UDLA (a Landscape Architecture firm in Fremantle) Project Managing a diverse range of projects including nature playgrounds, residential developments and cultural management plans. The majority of our work is based in the Pilbara and Kimberley’s, where for the past three years I have contributed to management plans as well as ethnobiological surveys for local aboriginal groups. These projects involve regular site visits and knowledge sharing sessions out ‘on country’.

One of my projects was recently awarded the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects 2012 Australian Medal. The Medal recognised Yawuru Registered Native Title Holders Body Corporate and UDLA for the Yawuru Cultural Management Plan which outlines the future management of Yawuru country around Broome.  I believe that addressing land and cultural management issues in a holistic and culturally sensitive way will best ensure the health and preservation of country, enhancing environmental, sociocultural and economic outcomes for future generations.

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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Landscape Architecture, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete conversion units to the value of up to 48 points.

Take all units (60 points):

S2LACH4421Australian Landscapes
S1LACH4422Design Studio—Making (12 points)
S1LACH4423Ecological Systems
S2LACH4424Design Studio—Complexity (12 points)
S1LACH4505Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
S2LACH4506Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture
S2LACH5414Landscape Professional Documents
S1LACH5460Landscape Professional Practice

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from this group (Options are intended to enhance preparation for the independent thesis. As such, units not on this list may be permitted if deemed appropriate and approved by the Faculty on a case by case basis):

S2ARCT5505Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
S1ARCT5508Practical Building Conservation
S2ARCT5511Utopia/Disaster and Imagining the City
N/AARCT5515High Density: the Urban Model
N/AARCT5516Daguerre to Digital
S1ARCT5580Key Texts—Virtual
S2ARCT5581Key Texts
S1ARCT5583Introduction to Architectural Conservation
N/AARCT5585City as Site
N/AARCT5587Urban Design
S2ARCT5589Architecture of Furniture
N/AARCT5592Timber in Architecture
S1ARCT5593The Architecture of Furniture in Production
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5504GIS and the Built Environment
S1PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice
NSPLNG4402Planning Law
N/APLNG4403Planning and Governance
NSPLNG4404Statutory Planning
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism (Twentieth and Twenty-first Century)
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
S1URBD5808Case Studies in Urban Design

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Note: Students must choose to complete their independent design research by either dissertation or design.
S1, S2LACH5503Independent Thesis by Dissertation Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2LACH5504Independent Thesis by Dissertation Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2LACH5510Independent Thesis by Design Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2LACH5511Independent Thesis by Design Part 2 (12 points)

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Professional recognition

The UWA Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).


After finishing the Master of Landscape Architecture, graduates must complete at least two years of professional practice before being eligible to become a Registered Landscape Architect.


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Career opportunities

A Master of Landscape Architecture degree provides a wide range of employment options, including working as:
- a landscape architect
- an environmental consultant
- an urban designer
- a landscape architectural draftsperson
- an environmental manager
- a government policy advisor
- a Landscape Architecture educator/academic

Working in:
- Landscape architectural or urban design practice
- City and regional planning
- Land development companies
- Conservation agencies
- Higher education

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Further study opportunities

Master of Urban Design (Dissertation and Coursework), Doctor of Philosophy

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

English competency

See the full list of English Language Requirements.

Please note: Requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

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Master of Landscape Architecture - Coursework: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations. 
Standard full-time completion
2 years (with completed undergraduate major in Landscape Architecture)
The course duration will be longer (up to 3 years full time) for graduates without previous studies in landscape architecture.
Maximum time to complete
5 years
Contact details: course information
Student Office
Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts
6488 4649
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