Focused on sustainability and its economic, social and environmental underpinnings, Deakin’s Master of Landscape Architecture has been designed for those who are passionate about becoming a landscape architect driven to improve the quality and development of our towns, cityscapes and regional landscapes.
The course provides students with the opportunity to specialise in project management, ecological sustainability, cultural heritage, urban design, and change management planning.
Distinguishing characteristics of this course include its engagement with ecology, spirit of place, people, Indigenous thought and urban design to inform and craft places of renewal, stimulation, healing and respect.
Graduates will be equipped with the leadership skills to challenge conventional thinking within complex environments as well as the practical skills required to deliver the creation and restoration of landscapes.
This course, professionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), has been designed in direct consultation with AILA, potential employers, industry, government and professional representatives, and is co-taught by many of these representatives, to ensure it provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies sought by employers.
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To complete the Master of Landscape Architecture, students must attain 16 credit points. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The 16 credit points include 11 core units totalling 13 credit points (these are compulsory) and 3 course grouped elective units (you can choose which ones to study).
Students are required to complete 11 core units (totalling 13 credit points) from the list below:
Course-Grouped Elective Units
Students must select 3 credit points of course-grouped elective units from the list below:
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Waterfront (Geelong)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Waterfront (Geelong)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Waterfront (Geelong)
Additional course information
Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.
Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops, site visits and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
- Bachelor degree in related discipline; with a minimum WAM of 60 OR,
- Portfolio of relevant work.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Learn more about fees.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.
* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
As a graduate of Deakin’s Master of Landscape Architecture, you may find employment in all fields of landscape architecture and landscape planning in both private practice and government entities.
The Master of Landscape Architecture has been designed in direct consultation with AILA, potential employers, industry, government and professional representatives. As a graduate of the course, you will have a developed understanding across a range of disciplines and will be equipped to collaborate on projects in delivering integrated solutions. Career opportunities for graduates may be found in all fields of landscape architecture and landscape planning, in both the public and private sectors.
The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA, www.aila.org.au). Graduates satisfy the educational requirements for AILA graduate membership as the first step towards applying for professional recognition as an AILA Corporate Member and Registered Landscape Architect.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply an integrated specialised and scholarly knowledge of ever-changing urban, regional and rural environments to produce designs and plans that guide the development and improvement of liveable sustainable environments and communities. Apply broad and advanced discipline-specific landscape architecture knowledge and capabilities with adaptability and fluency in designing, developing and improving sustainable environments and communities. Synthesise knowledge of landscape architecture history, theory and practice to research, design, develop and manage landscape architectural projects demonstrating initiative and judgement through professional practice and scholarship. Develop in-depth understanding of specialist knowledge, contemporary landscape architecture practice and current research directions within the landscape architecture discipline.
Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly with specialist and non-specialist audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes to ideate, inform, motivate public and private landscape architecture decisions and to effect change. Engage stakeholders in ideas and concepts; mediate, negotiate and collaboratively resolve issues and design conflicts; and propose logical actions with formulation and cohesion appropriate to the situation.
Apply knowledge of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information in landscape architecture practice. Apply digital technologies, including geographic information systems, to evaluate and assess modelling and scenario building.
Laterally think and review problems, scenarios, designs and plans to address landscape architecture problems at different scales and complexities. Ideate to inform the creation of solutions to authentic real-world problems by comprehending systems and threads. Subsequently implement plans in the particular circumstances of a place using the lens and knowledge of existing and past landscape architecture theory and practice. Acquire and apply cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of landscape architecture theoretical knowledge to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship.
Apply and develop landscape architecture knowledge to identify environmental, cultural and social problems, devise ways to investigate and resolve opportunities and constraints, drawing on research-based evidence, and producing solutions as the basis for appropriate action. Make appropriate choices in ethically ambiguous situations based on knowledge of social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of landscape architecture.
Represent and maintain professional standards and opinions and standards by working individually and collaboratively to produce designs and plans in an ethical and timely manner. Apply knowledge and skills in an independent way to solve contemporary landscape architecture problems and thereby demonstrate autonomous and expert judgements.
Produce plans with multi-disciplinary and diverse groups, including lay people, while representing and maintaining professional opinions and standards. Critically reflect on stakeholders needs and develop processes in order to work efficiently in teams to formulate integrated landscape architecture options. Implement designs and plans with a commitment to shared goals by engaging in team processes and applying knowledge of advanced interpersonal skills and time management.
Engage with global trends and challenges confronting cities, settlements and regions and operate in a manner that recognises and respects cultural diversity, the need for equity in outcomes and the knowledge of and implementation of high ethical professional standards. Interpret and document relevant protocols and governance frameworks in the development, implementation and administration of designs, strategic and statutory plans, policies and regulations.
Approved Faculty Board 27 July 2017
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Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit..