The National University of Singapore (NUS) 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 the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) or its equivalent in related disciplines (architecture, urban planning, and 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 that are aligned with their interests, independent design, and intellectual inquiry.

Research as a foundation for design. MLA emphasises 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 the Dissertation as well as other lecture modules and applied studios.

Interdisciplinary collaboration. Hosted by the Department of Architecture (DoA), which has a long-standing reputation as one of the top Architecture 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 a 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.

Why This Programme?

  • Join a university that is ranked among the top in the world for Architecture & Built Environment1.

  • Participate in a professional and rigorous degree programme that qualifies graduates for accreditation as a practising landscape architect in Singapore2.

  • Leverage the programme’s partnerships with other design disciplines in architecture, urban planning, urban design, and integrated sustainable design.

1  QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

2  The NUS BLA and MLA are the only university-level programmes in Singapore that qualify graduates for accreditation as a practising landscape architect in Singapore through the Landscape Architects Accreditation Programme of the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects


Application Period
An Academic Year (AY) at NUS consists of two semesters and a special term (which occurs during the Semester 2 Vacation, and is divided into two parts of six weeks duration each):

  • Semester 1: Aug–Dec
  • Semester 2: Jan–May
  • Special Term (Part 1): May–Jun
  • Special Term (Part 2): Jun–Jul

For the MLA programme, there is one application period for each AY:

Programme Intake Application Dates
MLA Semester 1
(Aug Intake)
15 Nov of the year preceding the intake year to 15 Jan of the intake year


Admission to the NUS MLA programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:


Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture or other related design discipline, or completion of first three years of the NUS four-year Bachelor of Arts in Architecture programme, or minimum three years of relevant architectural and environmental design education from other universities


Not applicable

English Language

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 92 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 6.0.

Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application.


Not applicable

Note: Please see application information here.


The NUS MLA programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  24 months 

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. Part-time courses and courses conducted in the evening or on weekends are not eligible. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The MLA is a 80-modular credit (MC) coursework-based Master’s Degree programme comprising: 

  • Core/essential modules (80 MCs).
Core/Essential Modules

The MLA consists of 15 core/essential modules spread over two years: Masters Preparatory Year and Masters Final Year. Students pursue the following core/essential modules over a four-semester course of study.

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
AR5954* Topics in Landscape Architecture 4
Political Ecology & Landscapes
MLA Studio: Quarter
LA4702 MLA Studio: City 8
 LA5201  Policy of Landscape 4
 LA5222  Urban Ecology and Design 4
 LA5301  Geo Design 4
 LA5302  Landscape Construction II 4
 LA5303  Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques 4
 LA5701  MLA Studio: Country 8
 LA5702  MLA Studio: Region 8
 LA5742A  Dissertation Prep 4
 LA5742B  Dissertation 8
 LA5901  Special Topics in Landscape Architecture 4
 TBC  ProSeminar 4

* Modules focused on specific topics are differentiated by a module code followed by an alphabet (e.g. AR5954A, AR5954B, etc.). Only selected elective modules will be offered in any given academic year.

Note: For more information about the modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate from the NUS MLA programme, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 80 MCs, comprising:

  • 72 MCs of core/essential modules, and
  • 8 MCs of elective modules
Module and/or Qualification

Minimum grade of B- for both LA5701 MLA Studio: Country and LA5702 MLA Studio: Region

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Minimum 3.0 (out of maximum of 5.0)

Please see also the University’s minimum standards for Continuation and Graduation Requirements; specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements.


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS MLA programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


Two-year full-time programme:
S$82,242.99 (excluding GST) /
S$88,000.00 (including GST)

Financial Assistance

Students in this programme have in the past been eligible for, or received funding support from:

Gardens by the Bay Scholarship (Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents)

DesignSingapore Scholarship (Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents)

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please refer to the NUS Office of Admissions.


S$150 (inclusive of GST)

• Non-refundable and non-transferable


S$10,000 (excluding GST)

• Payable upon acceptance of offer
• Non-refundable and non-transferable
• Will be credited towards tuition fees

Miscellaneous Student Fees

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

• Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*

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Next Intake:

Application Period:

15 Nov 2021–15 Jan 2022*

Apply now!

* Prospective students are strongly advised to complete the application and upload all necessary documents by 15 Dec 2021 in order to be notified of the application outcome earlier

* For full details, please refer to main write-up. 

Related Content

• Graduate Testimonials

• Studio Works and Dissertations by Students

• Faculty Profiles

• PDF Brochure

Similar Programmes

• Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation

• Master of Arts in Urban Design

• Master of Science in Building Performance and Sustainability

• Master of Science in Integrated Sustainable Design


For Frequently Asked Questions relevant to Design and Environment programmes, please click here.

For more Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

For enquiries, please email us at pgc@nus.edu.sg.

15 November 2021