Master of Landscape Architecture Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM016
CRICOS 059318B

Experiment beyond boundaries

Landscape architecture is about working with open spaces and built environments engaging with natural systems and human cultures. As a creative and contemporary practice, it is always growing and evolving.

Our Master of Landscape Architecture teaches you to use design to expand possibilities, not memorise fixed definitions.

The course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

What will you do?

  • Explore and extend your capacity for creativity.
  • Share design studios with students across the School of Architecture and Built Environment.
  • Learn to work with advanced ecological, construction and landscape technologies.
  • Develop your own position on current disciplinary, social and political issues.
  • Undertake individual design projects.
  • Apply and advance your learning through internship electives.
  • Undertake immersive overseas studios.
  • Engage with the many industry professionals who teach and tutor in classes as well as extra-curricular activities.

Where could it take you?

  • You might work in government or private practice finding solutions to pressing societal challenges.
  • This degree qualifies you to begin the journey to registration as an RLA (Registered Landscape Architect).
  • Collaborate with engineers, architects, policymakers, artists and others in the design professions.
  • Design exterior spaces at a variety of scales and for various clients and users, both public and private, from innovative playgrounds, dynamic waterfronts, thoughtful memorials and special-use gardens to local, regional and national parks and critical infrastructure projects.


Note: This program is offered in semester mode with intakes in February and July.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3CM016
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants without a GPA of 4.2 or better or with a degree from another institution MUST submit a portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

    For mid-year entry students, you may not be able to have the choice of all your electives and will be allocated to the remaining electives.

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of at least 4.2 (out of 7.0).
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM016

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 059318B
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Architectural Design or equivalent with a 60% or higher average + portfolio of work and CV.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    A Curriculum Vitae, academic transcript and submission of a portfolio will be required for applicants who are not graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design Studies program of the University of Adelaide.

    The portfolio shall be printed on A3 in hardcopy and submitted in electronic form. All CAD drawing files are to be supplied as PDF's in a single document not exceeding 100MB. Consider the legibility and the hierarchy of your images and text. The portfolio is used to assess design skills and knowledge and should demonstrate familiarity with a range of design processes and media. Representation media should ideally include, but are not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Revit and other 3D packages, as well as hand drawing, sketching, painting, collage, model-making and photography of models. In addition to final rendered images, include information on the process of design and development and construction documentation if any. The folio may include material developed with others in an office/practice situation where this is clearly referenced and the applicant's contribution explained.

    **Mid-year entry students may have a limited choice of electives.**/The study plans for mid-year entry are different as compared to Semester 1 intake. Note that mid-year entry students will be completing their final project in the 3rd semester instead of the 4th (final semester).

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,525

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $37,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates are well prepared to take on such roles as:
    • landscape architect
    • project administrator
    • project manager.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

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

    Potential careers

    Landscape Architect

  • Degree Structure

    The majority of the teaching activities are based around the design studios, which are now aligned with the school's research streams 'History, Theory and Culture', 'Design' and 'Urbanism', along with courses in advanced ecological and landscape technologies.

    A new internship elective has been introduced for students to experience a working environment in a landscape architecture firm in which to observe and apply their knowledge and skills for the degree. Elective options also include the offshore studio and other courses that have a community or professional experiential learning or engagement aspect.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1 S1 LARCH 7028: Studio Cultures: Landscape Architecture (M)
    ARCH 7020: Professional Practice (M)
    LARCH 7029: Advanced Landscape Architecture Technologies (M)
    S2 ARCH 7034: Studio Cultures: Urbanism (M)
    ARCH 7035: Critical Historical Practices (M)
    * Elective x 1
    Year2 S1 LARCH 7031: Studio: Landscape Architecture (M)
    LARCH 7032: Advanced Ecology (M)
    ARCH 7042: Designing Research (M)
    S2 LARCH 7033: Final Landscape Architecture Project (M)
    LARCH 7034: Final Landscape Architecture Dissertation (M)
    Electives ARCH 7037: Experiential Studio: Onshore (M)
    ARCH 7038: Experiential Studio: Offshore (M)
    ARCH 7039: Independent Study (M)
    LARCH 7030: Landscape Architecture Internship (M)
    *Electives offered outside the school must be at Postgraduate level
    NOTE: Current students should refer to the following link for study plans and enrolment details:


    Assessment takes a number of forms including written reports and essays, short in class exercises, oral presentations. Formal examinations are not used for student assessment. A capstone architecture design project allows students to demonstrate their mastery of architecture through a significant supervised study.

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Last updated: Sunday, 26 Apr 2020