“There are no regions in the world other than Africa where urban populations and urbanized areas are growing faster than Asia. Here, new landscapes are constantly being created, and old landscapes are paradoxically also being destroyed. Amidst such dynamism and challenges, we believe that our graduates will be well-placed to shape the landscape and create a healthy environment for people and nature.”
Associate Professor Dr Tan Puay YokMaster of Landscape Architecture Programme Director
NUS Landscape Architecture is a core programme of Asia’s premier school of design and the built environment. Starting from the inception of the Master of Landscape Architecture in 2009, NUS Landscape Architecture has grown to also offer the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, marking an exciting milestone for tertiary-level landscape architecture education in Singapore. NUS Landscape Architecture provides the only tertiary-level programmes that qualify graduates for accreditation as practising landscape architects in Singapore through the Landscape Architects Accreditation Programme of the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects.
The core emphasis of NUS Landscape Architecture is excellence in design—we imbue our students with a deep understanding of the dual nature of design as both a process and a product. As a process, we prioritize landscape design to be creative, but one which is grounded in socio-cultural sensitivities, ecological knowledge, and grasp of conventional and emergent technologies and techniques. Design as a process benefits from synergistic knowledge exchange among multiple disciplines in NUS as one of the top research-intensive universities in Asia and the world. As a product, landscape design expressed through various visual and digital media, must be inspiring, move the heart, and above all, instigate meaningful and impactful landscape changes in real life.
The programme is distinctively Asian and pantropical in its geographic attention and urban in its emphasis. With our central location in one of the most dynamic, diverse and rapidly urbanizing regions of the world, we aim to provide a landscape architecture education that is sensitive to the myriad challenges facing Asian cities, as well as opportunities provided by the sheer richness of heritage and cultural, socio-economic and ecological elements of the region. Our location in Singapore, with its diversity of culture and cosmopolitan outlook, and where greening and ecology of the built environment is a cornerstone of its urban development approach, also provides an enriching backdrop to our training of landscape architects.
The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a two-year, full-time degree programme for individuals seeking advanced and cutting-edge training in landscape architecture. It is for students who have completed BLA or its equivalent in related disciplines (architecture, urban planning, urban design).
The intensive and rigorous course engages students with the following emphasis:
Independence and excellence in design. As an advanced course, MLA provides a structured platform for students to pursue areas aligned with their own interests in in-depth, independent design, and intellectual inquiry.
Research as a foundation for design. Situated in a large research-intensive university ranked among the top in Asia and the world, MLA emphasizes the use of research to critically identify and explore socio-ecological issues of the site. Design is envisaged as the bridge between scientific research and landscape changes arising from spatial design. Research skills are honed through Dissertation and other lecture modules and applied to studios.
Interdisciplinary collaboration. Hosted by the Department of Architecture which has a long-standing reputation as the top Asian Architecture School and one of the top ten schools in the world, MLA takes advantage of the close partnership with other design disciplines in architecture, urban planning, urban design, and integrated sustainable design through joint studios, cross-discipline electives, and networking guided by a world-class team of academics and practitioners. Our graduates will understand that the most pressing urban challenges cannot be solved by a single discipline but require interdisciplinary collaborations across professional disciplines and key stakeholders.
Developing leadership in practice. Landscape architecture as professional practice is constantly evolving and the roles of landscape architects are gradually expanding into new frontiers of practice. Our graduates will contribute to critical discourse and shape the practice by providing thought leadership.
 As ranked by Times Higher Education 2018
 As ranked by QS World University Rankings 2015-2018
Curriculum and Course Structure
The MLA consists of 15 essential modules spread over two years: Masters Preparatory Year and Masters Final Year. Students pursue the following four semester course of study.
LA4701 MLA Studio: Quarter
LA5302 Detail Design
LA5301 Geo Design
Landscape Architecture Elective
LA4702 MLA Studio: City
LA4202 Planting Design
LA4212 Topics in Tropical Forest Ecology
LA4203 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture
LA5701 MLA Studio: Country
LA5201 Policy of Landscape
LA5222 Urban Ecology and Design
AR5954A Topics in Landscape Architecture
LA5702 MLA Studio: Region
LA5303 Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques
The most important element of your application will be a genuinely inspiring design portfolio, showing your own works, generated by you as a creative mind. The portfolio has to be sent by regular mail, while the formal application process is submitted via an Online Application link.
For admission as a candidate for the Master of Landscape Architecture, a person must have obtained one of the following qualifications:
Completion of the first 3 years of the NUS 4 year BA(Arch) programme, OR
Minimum 3 years of relevant architectural and environmental design education from other universities, OR
A Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree.
As well as
TOEFL/IELTS scoresheet – applicable to candidates whose medium of undergraduate instruction is not English. The TOEFL score must be at least 580 (PBT), 237 (CBT) or 92 (IBT), OR the IELTS result of at least 6.0. TOEFL score sheets should not be more than 2 years old when used in applying for the programme. The school TOEFL code is 9080.
A4 size academic design portfolio (10-20 pages) – the portfolio should comprise the candidate’s most important, representative, interesting, and genuinely inspiring design work.
Personal statement. Please write a brief account of yourself, reasons for wanting to pursue the programme and any relevant employment history and experience gained from your work. The statement must not be more than 1000 words.
Please submit your application Online.