Master of Landscape Architecture (Thesis)

Course 042AC (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012
CRICOS Code: 061208A
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.




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Course Overview:

This course is no longer offered. The Master of Philosophy (M Phil) is recommended as a suitable alternative course.

The Master of Landscape Architecture (by Thesis) is intended primarily for people from a variety of backgrounds who wish to conduct in-depth research in landscape architecture.

Areas of Specialisation

  • environmental perception and behaviour
  • computer applications for landscape architecture
  • landscape ecology and sustainability
  • design theory and contemporary practice
  • history of landscape architecture


Upon completion of the degree the candidate will be able to:

  • demonstrate a capacity for articulating a research question and locating it in the context of existing landscape architecture scholarship;
  • apply advanced skills and methodologies appropriate to a particular field of inquiry;
  • identify relevant research materials and show a capacity for sustained and discerning research in relation to them; and
  • express research findings in an effective and lucid manner appropriate to the discipline.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Candidates will normally be required to undertake a research training subject in their first semester. Candidates may also be recommended by their supervisor to undertake a coursework component if they require further training in a specific area. However, any coursework undertaken may be equivalent to no more than one third of the total assessment weight of the Masters degree.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants are required to have a four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in landscape architecture or a related discipline, with a minimum average of H2B(70%) in the final year. An applicant not so qualified may be required to take preliminary studies equivalent to one year full-time (100 points). Upon achieving a minimum average of H2B(70%), the candidate may be considered for progression to masters.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Graduate Attributes:

Refer to University of Melbourne graduate attributes located at


Major thesis 30,000 words (100 points).

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