Master of Landscape Architecture (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Landscape Architecture is primarily a design discipline concerned with the quality of the environment. Through design practice and research, the Master of Landscape Architecture educates students in many aspects of the profession. It strives to create critical thinkers with rigorous skills in the execution of landscape architectural work across a variety of types and scales.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Landscape Architecture (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MLArch
Course code
25550
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
UWA Design School
CRICOS code
084739F

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 96 points of taught units and 48 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
3 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 144 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditation
Master of Landscape Architecture (coursework or coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Time limit
6 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Vernon
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Specialisations

FA-ENVPL Environmental Planning
FA-RSRCH Research
FA-UBDSN Urban Design

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

For students in Course by Coursework only without a Focus Area, take all Core units (66 points) and 30 points of Option units.
For students in Course by Coursework only with a Focus Area, take all Core units (66 points), required units from the selected Focus Area (24 points) and 6 points of Option units.
For students in Course by Coursework and Dissertation, take all Core units (66 points), all units from the Dissertation (18 points), and 12 points of Option units from Group A, B, or C.

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Landscape Architecture, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete conversion units to the value of up to 48 points.

Take all units (66 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ARLA4506Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
Incompatibility:
ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar; LACH4506 Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture; URBD5820 Urban Design Research Methods
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S2LACH4421Australian Landscapes
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban Ecology
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 3 hours per week
S1LACH4505Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S2LACH5414Landscape Professional Documents
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshop/seminars: 2 hours per week
S1LACH5422Design Studio—Making (12 points)
Incompatibility:
LACH4422 Design Studio—Making
up to 9 hours per week
S1, S2LACH5424Design Studio—Complexity (12 points)
Incompatibility:
LACH4424 Design Studio—Complexity
studio: up to 9 hours per week
S1LACH5460Landscape Professional Practice
lectures/seminars and tutorials/workshops: 48 hours in total
S2LACH5506Landscape Dynamics: Reconfiguring Terrains
Incompatibility:
LACH2030 Site Manipulation
lectures and workshops: 3 hours per week

For students completing this course without a specialisation, select option units to the value of 30 points.

Option units

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ARCT5505Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
Incompatibility:
ARCT5582 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts (GC)
35 (introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/seminars: 3 hours per week)
NSARCT5508Practical Building Conservation
Incompatibility:
ARCT5587 Practical Building Conservation (GC)
Taught over 6 weeks with lectures and site visits in weeks 1, 3 and 5
N/AARCT5511Utopia/Disaster and Imagining the City
lectures and seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 11 weeks
S2ARCT5513Near Future Scenarios for a New Architectural Era
3 hour seminar each week
N/AARCT5520Drawing Resilience
Lectures and tutorials 36 hours: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks from week 1
S1ARCT5521Empowering Communities Through Design
3 hours per week
N/AARCT5528Delivering Good Design
up to 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
S2ARCT5529Forensic Architecture
seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
N/AARCT5531Suburban Cultures
seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
S2ARCT5536Photo Real Rendering
workshops: 3 hours per week
S2ARCT5578Building Pictures
seminars: up to 3 hours a week for 12 weeks
N/AARCT5580Advanced Architectural Animation
36 (workshops: 12 x 3 hours per week)
N/AARCT5581Key Texts
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
S1ARCT5583Introduction to Architectural Conservation
Incompatibility:
ARCT5591 Introduction to Architectural Conservation (GC)
35 (lectures: 24 hours; tutorials/site visits: 11 hours)
N/AARCT5586Australian Architecture in a Global Setting
seminars: up to 3 hours per week
S2ARCT5589Furniture Design
lectures: 12 hours; seminars/workshops: 24 hours
N/AARCT5593Furniture: from prototype to production
lectures: 12 hours; seminars/workshops: 24 hours
S1ARCT5595Digital Design Journal
1 hour per week and 1 hour online per week
S2ARCT5885Bio-Based Materials in Global Settings
lectures: 1 hour; workshop/practical classes; 2 hours for up to 12 weeks
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending a compulsory 1-hour seminar per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions. Additionally there is a compulsory 2-hour computer practical lab per week for which students will undertake applied use of GIS. Completion of these labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
S2PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice (12 points)
Incompatibility:
EART4411 Planning Theory and Practice
7 hours per week—unit taught all day and comprises a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and/or field trips. The total workload for the unit is 300 hours.
S2PLNG4402Planning Law
Incompatibility:
EART4413 Principles of Land Development and Control
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1PLNG4404Statutory Planning
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2PLNG5403Planning and Governance
Incompatibility:
EART4412 Planning and Governance
Workshops: 4 hours per week including independent industry learning engagement related to planning and governance. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
36 hours
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
Incompatibility:
URBD8807 Evolution of the City
36 (seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities

Environmental Planning (focus area)

Take all units from this group (24 points) and select an additional option unit (6 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending a compulsory 1-hour seminar per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions. Additionally there is a compulsory 2-hour computer practical lab per week for which students will undertake applied use of GIS. Completion of these labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
S1, S2GEOG4003Fundamentals of Planning
Video presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
S1PLNG5512Regional Planning
Three face-to-face (2-hour) lectures before, and one (2-hour) lecture after the four-day field trip to be held in February. (Charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
36 hours

Research (focus area)

Take units to the value of 18 points from this group.

Note: Students must choose to complete their independent design research by either dissertation or design.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2LACH5503Independent Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
Completion of at least 48 points of study and a current weighted average mark in the Master of Landscape Architecture of at least 70% and a mark of at least 70% in ARLA4506 Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
up to 1 hour per week (on average)
S1, S2LACH5504Independent Dissertation Part 2 (12 points)
Co-requisites:
LACH5503 Independent Dissertation Part 1
up to 1 hour per week (on average)
S1, S2LACH5510Independent Dissertation by Design Part 1
Prerequisites:
Completion of at least 48 points of study and a current weighted average mark in the Master of Landscape Architecture of at least 70% and a mark of at least 70% in ARLA4506 Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
up to 1 hour per week (on average)
S1, S2LACH5511Independent Dissertation by Design Part 2 (12 points)
Co-requisites:
LACH5510 Independent Dissertation by Design Part 1 (ID 5296)
up to 1 hour per week (on average)

Urban Design (focus area)

Take all units from this group (12 points) and select an additional option unit (6 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
36 hours
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
Incompatibility:
URBD8807 Evolution of the City
36 (seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2URBD5802Urban Design Studio 2 (12 points)
72 (lectures: 12 hours; workshops/design critiques: 60 hours)
S1, S2URBD5804Urban Design Studio 1 (12 points)
72 (lectures: 12 hours; workshops/design critiques: 60 hours)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 48 points, course core units and focus area units. The course comprises the following focus areas :

  • FA-ENVPL Environmental Planning
  • FA-RSRCH Research
  • FA-UBDSN Urban Design

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Landscape Architecture, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 48 points.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) Students who remain enrolled in a Design unit after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty in two or more teaching periods in a calendar year must pass at least one of those Design units.

(3) Students who fail a Design unit must pass that unit at the next attempt.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Time limit

13. Unless the Faculty approves an extension, the time limit is six years from the beginning of the semester in which the first unit is credited towards the course.