Master of Landscape Architecture

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Master of Landscape Architecture
Course Map

2018 course map

If you started your course before 2018, please refer to the plan your study page.

CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075364G
Deakin course codeS703
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Indicative student workload

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.

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 Corporate Member and Registered Landscape Architect.

Career opportunities

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.

Income support

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.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Landscape Design (S503)

Graduate Diploma of Landscape Design (S603)

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

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. 

Digital literacy

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.

Critical thinking

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.

Problem solving

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.

Global citizenship

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

Course rules

To qualify for the Master of Landscape Architecture, students must successfully complete 16 credit points of study, including:

  • 11 core units (13 credit points); and
  • 3 credit points of course-grouped elective units
  • completion of SRA710 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Course structure


Students are required to complete 11 core units (totalling 13 credit points) from the list below:

 Core Units

SRA710Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

SRD760Geo-Planning and Design

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRL731Landscape Narrating and Meaning

SRL733Indigenous Narratives and Processes

SRD764Urban Design Studio

SRL732Plants, Design and Ecologies

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

SRM750Built Environment Professional Practice

SRR782Research Methodology

SRD768Landscape Design Masterclass (2cp)

SRR711Thesis (2cp)



Course-Grouped Elective Units

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

SRA742Urban Perspectives

SRA744Urban Patterns and Precedents

SRM752Advanced Project Management

SRM772Built Environment Practical Assessment

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRP761Ecological Cities and Futures

SRP733Contemporary Planning and Design Challenges

SRP782Smart Cities and Infrastructure

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice

SRQ762Cost Planning

SRR767Built Environment Study Tour

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.