Postgraduate
MA Landscape, Built Heritage and Design

University College Cork

Course Overview


Drawing on the European Landscape Convention and other instruments, this MA explores the complex interrelationships that exist between built heritage, planning, design and landscape in different places.

Anticipating, managing and making decisions about the character of our cities, neighbourhoods and rural areas are difficult challenges everywhere in the world. Also, these decisions are often made within the kind of technical, political and bureaucratic processes that many communities, developers and even specialists find difficult to engage with. Graduates of this MA programme will become effective and persuasive participants within these processes: their real-world and cross disciplinary skills and competencies will help to ensure that the decisions made about built environments, heritage and landscape assets everywhere will be more robust and sustainable.
This programme covers the three main subject areas (Landscape, Built Heritage and Design) through a set of inter-connected teaching modules framed by a solid framework of spatial planning subjects that give it a practical, decision-making focus.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 13,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • This MA is rather unique in that, rather than focusing on specialist understandings of individual landscape and design topics, it takes a broad approach to the subject in real-world, decision-making contexts.
  • Citizens with a general interest in heritage and the environment would also be welcome and, with certain modules being offered on a stand-alone basis, it will also appeal to established practitioners who have continuing professional development needs in this emerging area.
  • It is suitable for early-career graduates from a wide variety of subject areas and it is particularly relevant now that the European Landscape Convention has widely been adopted.
  • It is a one-year course with small class sizes.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

  • Applicants should have a degree at Second Class Honours level (or higher) in an appropriate subject in the fields of Science, Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Law, Commerce, Engineering, Architecture, or Government or similar.
  • Selection will be based on academic achievement, written expression of interest, an interview and any relevant work experience.
  • Applicants who hold a degree at a level lower than Second Class honours may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications and their experience in a relevant field and admission will be subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of proficiency in English will be required.
  • If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

English Requirements

  • DET Minimum Requirements (Duolingo)
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.
  • IELTS Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5.
  • TOEFL Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: TOEFL 90 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Pearson PTE
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


Our graduates will have the capacity to be effective in the non-governmental sector, the government or local government sector, the property and business sector and other fields that have a stake in the management and design of built heritage, landscapes and the quality of places. It will be a useful complementary qualification for specialists in architecture, planning, building, environmental science, public policy, infrastructure, energy, community development, archaeology, cultural geography and a range of other fields.

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