Master of Landscape Architecture



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, public art curatorship and management, 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 to ensure it provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies sought by employers.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.


Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Key information

Award granted

Master of Landscape Architecture


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Deakin code





Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Entry requirements

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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience.

International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

  • Bachelor degree in same or related discipline (including architecture, landscape or planning) with a WAM of 65% (applicants not possessing the described undergraduate degrees, or not having obtained a 65% grade average may submit a portfolio of their relevant work for consideration by the School of Architecture and Built Environment)


  • 5 years relevant work experience (in architecture, landscape or planning).

Professional Recognition

The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA, Graduates satisfy the educational requirements for AILA graduate membership as the first step towards applying for professional recognition as an AILA Registered Landscape Architect.

Career outcomes

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.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Apply an integrated specialised and scholarly knowledge of ever-changing urban, regional and rural environments to produce 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.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • 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.


3.  Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • 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.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • 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.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
(real world and
ill-defined) problems.

  • 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.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • 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.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • 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.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Engage with global trends and challenges confronting cities, settlements and regions and operate in a manner that recognises cultural diversity, the need for equity in outcomes and the knowledge of and implementation of high ethical professional standards.
  • Interpret and document relevant governance frameworks in the development, implementation and administration of designs, strategic and statutory plans, policies and regulations.

 Approved Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course Structure

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:

 Core Units

  • Safety Induction Program SRA710 (0 credit points)
  • Urban Ecologies SRA760
  • Designing Urban Environments SRD761
  • Landscape Narrating and Meaning SRL731
  • Indigenous Narratives and Processes SRL733
  • Urban Design Studio SRD764
  • Plants, Design and Ecologies SRL732
  • Interdisciplinary Planning and Design SRD762
  • Built Environment Professional Practice SRM750
  • Research Methodology SRR782
  • Landscape Design Masterclass SRD768 (2cp)
  • Thesis SRR711 (2cp)
  • Electives

    Course-Grouped Elective Units

    Students must select 3 credit points of course-grouped elective units from the list below:

  • Conservation Management Planning AIM705
  • Intangible Heritage AIM709
  • Cultural Landscapes AIM714
  • Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities HSH724
  • Arts Management MMM790
  • Managing Arts in Community Settings MMM796
  • Urban Perspectives SRA742
  • Advanced Project Management SRM752
  • Work Place Assessment SRM771
  • Practical Experience Assessment B SRM772
  • Managing Change and Innovation SRM781
  • Ecological Cities and Futures SRP761
  • Urban Dynamics and Change SRP782
  • Planning Processes and Practice SRP781
  • Cost Planning SRQ762
  • How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Course pathways

    Alternative exits

    • Graduate Certificate of Landscape Design (S503)
    • Graduate Diploma of Landscape Design (S603)

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive 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.


    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.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 you have.

    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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    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.

    Offered campuses

    Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.

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