Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture

Prog. Code: 
1-3 years, depending on educational qualifications

Term 1 & Term 3

Delivery options

Full-time, Part-time

Commonwealth Supported places


Professional Recognition


As a student in the UNSW Master of Landscape Architecture program, you will engage with the Sydney region as your landscape laboratory. You will work with leading academics, practitioners and industry representatives in landscape architecture as well as city planning, urban design, and architecture to explore issues of common concern; through studios and lectures you will engage with experts at UNSW School of Built Environment in social agency; design performance; city analytics; urban renewal and regeneration, healthy built environments, design theory and history.   

Key Information

About Landscape Architecture

At UNSW School of Built Environment, the discipline of landscape architecture is considered a creative endeavour fundamental to meeting the environmental and social challenges of rapid urban growth. The program prepares students from diverse backgrounds to enter the profession of landscape architecture with the specialised knowledge and technical skills required for contemporary practice. The structure of the program features three entry points; depending on educational experience, students can complete the degree in one, two or three years.  

Design projects are strategic in scale and scope. They range from site to precinct to catchment and integrate the critical landscape dimensions of urban development, particularly urban and constructed ecologies, sustainability and landscape performance, people and place, planning policy and strategy. At UNSW School of Built Environment, we approach landscape architecture as a human-centred design profession with an obligation to produce and sustain environmental and social benefits to cities and their regions. Across the curriculum, design research and theory provide the basis for innovation and exploration in the studios, and a range of digital technologies underpin the development and resolution of design projects.

Program details

The Master of Landscape Architecture is a three-year program with three different entry points; depending on educational experience, students may complete the degree requirements in one, two or three years. 

The UNSW Master of Landscape Architecture program aims to produce scholarly, creative designers who value well-designed landscapes as central to vibrant, healthy and equitable urban and regional environments. At UNSW, we engage with the campus, the surrounding city and the Sydney region as our landscape laboratory, and encourage our students to engage with international issues and experiences. The core of the program is the design studio sequence, with each studio supported by a skill and/or knowledge-based course. The design process is informed by research and critical analysis of landscape sites and systems, and design outcomes are shaped by modelling, testing and dialogue. Prescribed electives provide opportunities for students to pursue interdisciplinary, specialised interests across the school, particularly in the areas of urban design and planning; urban renewal and regeneration; spatial analysis; communications and visualisation, architecture, and sustainable design and development. The final studio is a capstone experience which provides students with the opportunity to undertake an independent research-based design project.

Key Areas of Study

Digital landscape technology & construction
Landscape systems & performance
Landscape theory & practice
For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.

Program Structure

Stream A students (From a non-design background) starting 2019

Stream B students (from a related discipline) starting 2018

Stream C students (Graduates from an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture) starting 2019
For Students Entering Stream B 2018
Year 1
- Master Landscape Studio 3: The Public Realm
- Case Studies in Landscape Architecture
- GIS for Built Environment
- Master Landscape Studio 4: Constructed Urban Ecologies
- Landscape Technology: Landscape Performance
- Advanced Urban Landscape Visualisation
- Electives x 2
Year 2
- Master Landscape Studio 5: The City as Site
- Landscape Technology 2
- Advanced Landscape Theory and Research
- Master Landscape Studio 6: Capstone Studio
- Professional Practice for Landscape Architects OR Elective
- Electives x 2

Program Name:     

Master of Landscape Architecture

Program Code:



Term 1 (March) 

Program Duration:

1-3 years

Commonwealth Supported:

Limited number

Professional Recognition:

Yes (currently provisional accreditation)

Recognition for Prior Learning
Depending on your educational qualifications, you may be granted up to 96 units of credit for recognition for prior learning.
Career opportunities

Career options

  • Registered Landscape Architect
  • Urban Landscape Designer
  • Artist
  • Landscape Project Officer and/or Manager
  • Recreation Manager 
  • Urban Designer
  • Strategic Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Sustainability Specialist in government agencies
  • Academic
  • Heritage Consultant
  • Public Domain Manager
  • Environmental Manager
Why UNSW School of Built Environment
  • Longest established, accredited Landscape Architecture program
  • Top 27 in the world and 4th in Australia in Architecture/Built Environment (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
  • World class alumni connections
  • We're a global top 50 university. UNSW ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
  • UNSW has the Most Employable Students (Winner, Australian Financial Review Most Employable Students Award 2020)
  • We're ranked 13th in the world and 2nd in Australia for Employer Reputation in Built Environment
  • Member of prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
  • Strong industry links and partnerships
Entry requirements
Admission Requirements
The Master of Landscape Architecture welcomes students from design and non-design backgrounds. 
The Master of Landscape Architecture consists of 144 units of credits and requires students (depending on their educational backgrounds) to complete at least one of the streams below:
  • Stream A (144 UOC) for students from with non-design background

  • Stream B (96 UOC) for students from a related discipline

  • Stream C (48 UOC) for graduates of an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.

Stream A: Students with a non-design background.
If you have graduated from an unrelated program, you will be required to:
  • have achieved a credit average in your bachelor degree

  • submit a portfolio and participate in an interview. 

  • Twelve months of work experience in a closely related office is highly desirable.

Once offered a place, you will be required to complete the 3-year, 144 unit of credit program of study (stream A).

Stream B: Students from a closely related discipline are required to:

  • Have achieved a credit average in your bachelor degree

  • Submit a portfolio, a personal statement and two references.

If you fit in this category, you may be granted 48 units of credit for recognition for prior learning. Once offered a place you will be required to complete a two year, 96 unit of credit program of study (Stream B).
Stream C: Students who have completed the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from an accredited program are required to:
  • Have achieved a credit average in your bachelor degree

  • Submit a portfolio.

  • If you have graduated from an institution other than UNSW, you are required to participate in an interview and to have achieved a credit (65+) WAM.

If you fit in this category, you may be granted 96 units of credit for Recognition for prior Learning. Once offered a place you will be able to complete one year, 48 unit of credit program of study (Stream C).

How to apply

All domestic and international students can apply for postgraduate coursework online:

  • Apply online (International students must pay an application fee of $125.)

Application deadlines:

  • Term 1 (February) - apply by 30 November*
  • Term 3 (September) - apply by 31 July

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.

If you gain entry into a program at UNSW, you can then be assessed for transfer credit for courses (subjects) studied in your previous degree. 

Students' work

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Take an immersive tour through our virtual 360 degree interactive space. Explore Built Environment student projects, visit individual degree exhibits and discover the areas that interest you.

Scholarships are financial recognition of a student’s achievement and are awarded to assist the student to successfully complete their studies at UNSW.  For additional information on postgraduate coursework, including general scholarships available to UNSW local and international students and closing dates, visit the UNSW Scholarships Website.

Preliminarily accredited

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) supports the advancement of landscape architecture through the accreditation of university programs. More information can be found at 

The UNSW Master of Landscape Architecture program has received preliminary accreditation by AILA. Full accreditation will be sought in late 2019, corresponding with the graduation of the first student cohort.

Fees and expenses

Fees & Expenses

Tuition fees for full fee paying (non-Commonwealth supported students) local students and international students are calculated on the actual number of units of credit undertaken per semester.

Student Activity Fees
When you enrol each year the University asks that you make a financial contribution to help provide services, amenities and representation for all students on campus. These include sporting facilities, subsidised food outlets, campus media, entertainment, student resources and leisure programs.

UNSW Student Contribution Charges
Students enrolling in Australian universities for Commonwealth Supported places will pay tuition fees based on the particular courses (subjects) they choose to study. UNSW School of Built Environment courses have been classified in band 2. Your fees will change depending on the number and type of courses you study.

Fee Schedule for Full Fee Paying Students
Tuition fees for full fee paying non-Commonwealth supported students local students and international students are calculated on the actual number of units of credit undertaken per semester. All fees related information is available from myUNSW website.

Books and Equipment
Don't rush out to buy anything before your first class. Academic staff will advise you as to essential equipment and textbooks. In general studio-based programs will have higher additional costs than non-studio based programs. Costs for books, stationery and equipment vary greatly, but you should allow approximately $1000 a year for these expenses. This figure excludes computing requirements.

Living Expenses
There are a number of factors which will influence your cost of living, for example, rent will vary considerably depending on the type of property and its location. Other essential costs are food, transport, entertainment, clothing and any incidental expenses related to your programs such as field trips. As a general guide, students should have at least $2000 to cover the initial establishment expenses such as rental bond and basic furniture and allow for average weekly expenses of about $350.