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 Built Environment in social agency; design performance; city analytics; urban renewal and regeneration, healthy built environments, design theory and history.
At UNSW 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 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.
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.
Key Areas of Study
Digital landscape technology & construction
Landscape systems & performance
Landscape theory & practice
Stream A students (From a non-design background) starting 2019
Stream B students (from a related discipline) starting 2018
Master of Landscape Architecture
Term 1 (March)
Yes (currently provisional accreditation)
- Registered Landscape Architect
- Urban Landscape Designer
- Landscape Project Officer and/or Manager
- Recreation Manager
- Urban Designer
- Strategic Planner
- Project Manager
- Sustainability Specialist in government agencies
- Heritage Consultant
- Public Domain Manager
- Environmental Manager
- Longest established, accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program
- UNSW ranks 3rd in Architecture/Built Environment (QS World Rankings 2018)
- UNSW Sydney ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2018)
- UNSW has invested over $1.2 billion in student facilities and accommodation
- Member of prestigious Group of Eight (Go8)
- Strong industry links and partnerships
- In the 2015 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA), UNSW was rated as the equal-top university nationally in Built Environment and Design. Its rating in Urban Planning research was also the joint highest in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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).
All domestic and international students can apply for postgraduate coursework online:
- Apply online (International students must pay an application fee of $125.)
- 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.
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 aila.org.au
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 & 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 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.
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.