Master of Landscape Architecture

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 a Master of Landscape Architecture 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.

This program is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

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

  • Access state-of-the-art computer-aided design, BIM and 3D modelling facilities
  • Learn from award-winning industry professionals
  • Accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM016
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants without a GPA of 4 or better (out of 7.0) 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.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide with a minimum GPA of 4.0.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 8 72.7%
    All students 11 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

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

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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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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

Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following:

Research Dissertation/Final Research Project
Students must choose one of the following:
  • LARCH 7033 Final Landscape Architecture Project (M) or;
  • LARCH 7034 Final Landscape Architecture Dissertation (M)
Electives, choice of
Students must complete one of the following:

  • LARCH 7030 Landscape Architecture Internship (M)
  • ARCH 7037 Experiential Studio: Onshore (M)
  • ARCH 7038 Experiential Studio: Offshore (M)
  • ARCH 7039 Independent Study (M)
  • 3 units from any other postgraduate coursework course offered by the University of Adelaide 


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.


My degree gave me a broader understanding of the profession and gave me more choice when applying for the masters program.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023