Master of Landscape Architecture

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 1 - 19 Feb 2024

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

  • Qualification

    Taught Master's

  • Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

The Master of Landscape Architecture is the international standard of landscape architecture education and can open-up new employment and business opportunities in New Zealand and overseas.


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If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to study this programme for free. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more here

About this programme

Lincoln University offers you two taught master’s options, depending on your previous study. Both will allow you to grow an exciting future in the industry.

Our 240-credit (two year) Master of Landscape Architecture offers those without an accredited BLA, but with an undergraduate university degree in any other discipline, the opportunity to achieve a landscape architecture degree accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA).

Our 120-credit (one year) Master of Landscape Architecture offers those with an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) the opportunity to pursue more advanced or specialised study, such as evidence-based design.

Graduates are eligible to become registered professionals and are highly sought-after in public and private sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and further afield. 

How you’ll grow

  • You’ll cultivate a strong in-depth foundation in landscape design and planning plus critical thinking based on real-world experience gained during your study
  • Expand your capabilities with specialist knowledge in landscape and urban ecology, resilient landscape design, sustainable communities, structure planning, urban and rural landscapes as well as indigenous Māori landscape design
  • With a degree taught by the School of Landscape Architecture – New Zealand’s longest-established landscape architecture training institution and acclaimed internationally. 

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a career as a landscape architect. You can start your own practice, or work for a landscape architecture firm or in a government organization. You’ll also be able to collaborate with ecologists, architects, planners and engineers on a wide range of projects. 



Programme information

Programme Structure

240-credit MLA programme

Ten 20-credit Master’s level courses and a 40-credit dissertation (small research project).

120-credit MLA programme

Four 20-credit Master’s level courses and a 40-credit dissertation (small research project). Following their MLA students may be eligible to continue their studies at the PhD level. Students can start either Semester 1 (late February), or Semester 2 (mid-July).



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Programme contacts

Wendy McWilliam

Dr Wendy McWilliam

Associate Professor

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