MC172 - Master of Landscape Architecture

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Plan: MC172 - Master of Landscape Architecture
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Landscape Architecture
Award abbreviation: MLA
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: Two years Full Time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040105
CRICOS code: 064392E

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Purpose of the Program

The MC172 Master of Landscape Architecture provides the highest level of qualification for aspiring landscape architects. The program equips you with the skills to become a leader and innovator in landscape architectural practice. The program explores landscape as a medium that exists at all scales, from micro to macro, from garden to city, from political to infrastructural, from social to economic; and as a medium specific to site, time, and process. The program will engage you profoundly with the discipline of landscape architecture as one that can respond to the challenges of a complex rapidly changing world through innovative design at the juncture of the urban and natural environments. Endowing you with the tools for independent thought, and the ability to question and act, the masters program enables you to extend landscape architectural practice, enhance the creation and publication of landscape architectural knowledge, and augment the discipline’s relevance, community engagement, and leadership capabilities.

Design research projects undertaken within the masters program sit at a contemporary and international level. They are pursued as a means of understanding the role and responsibilities of landscape architects at a global level and the precise application of landscape architecture in local situations. Innovative design practice and thinking is developed and extended through a range of advanced design research studios which both contribute to and are informed by contemporary landscape architectural discourse and interrelated fields of history, theory, ecology, and technology. The final year of study centres around the rigorous development and refinement of a significant independently generated design research project. Pursued over the full year, this capstone design research project represents a significant opportunity for you to define and explore your own design research trajectory within the design research studio framework.

As a Master of Landscape Architecture graduate you will be prepared for the professional practice of landscape architecture and qualified to apply for accreditation with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. This program equips you with an advanced body of knowledge and highly developed skills and abilities to enable you to pursue a career as a landscape architect able to work across local, national and international contexts; and to work independently or as part of a large multidisciplinary team. Career opportunities can be found in the public and private sectors; in government organisations at federal, state and municipal level; and in the offices of landscape architects, architects, planners, urban designers and engineers nationally and internationally. From private gardens, historic estates and productive landscapes through to urban design projects and large open spaces such as parks, nature reserves and territorial systems, the parameters of professional landscape architectural practice are broad.


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Articulation and pathways


Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of your average results across all courses and is explained at If you require further details on these programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook [ ].

The Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design (BP256) program has an articulation agreement into the Master of Landscape Architecture (MC172).



Owning SchoolCredit for this program towards destination programAcademic Requirement for EntryTerms of Entry (guaranteed a place, merit, etc)
 B LAD (BP256)Architecture and DesignnilCompletion of B LAD (BP250) with a GPA 2.5 or greaterGuaranteed a place in Master of Landscape Architecture (MC172)
  B LAD (BP256)Architecture and DesignnilCompletion of B LAD (BP256)Merit based with Interview




Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MC172) is a pathway into Master of Design (Architecture and Design) by research (MR207) or PhD (Architecture and Design) (DR207).

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Entrance requirements

Program entrance requirements:

Completion of a landscape architecture discipline undergraduate degree is a prerequisite for entry to the Master of Landscape Architecture. The Bachelor of Design from RMIT with a GPA of 2.5 or above fulfils this prerequisite. A degree from another institution will need to be landscape architecture or architecture-specific and acceptance into the master program is merit based

English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

    Selection Tasks:

    All applicants who do not meet the requirements for guaranteed entry will be required to attend a folio presentation.


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    External accreditation and industry links

    The Master of Landscape Architecture (MC172) is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

    On successful completion of this award you are eligible to become a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).  

    Staff within the Master of Landscape Architecture are connected to the industry through the strong, direct engagement in landscape architecture practices. They also have a significant track record of recognition and participation in local, national and international design research and design practice.

    The program team regularly engages local, national and international figures in the landscape architecture field to work within the program as guest tutors and lecturerers.

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    Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

    Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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    Library, IT and specialist resources

    Library resources and services

    As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

    Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

    Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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    Online learning tools and content

    You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

    Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

    RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

    Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

    • transition to tertiary study and learning;
    • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning;
    • career development and employment;
    • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters);
    • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad;
    • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

    We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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    You will have access to and use workshop resources within the School of Architecture and Design. You will have access to specialised industry standard commercial software and other digital technologies.

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