Please ensure that you meet all the admissions requirements for the program you are applying for and follow the checklist below to apply.

1. Completion of an undergraduate degree

Ensure you meet the undergraduate degree (Bachelor degree) prerequisite for the program you would like to apply for.

  • A three-year undergraduate degree with a weighted average of at least 65% (equivalent to the University of Melbourne grading scheme) is required to apply for most programs in the MSD
  • Three-year undergraduate degrees in related disciplines are required to apply for 200 point stream in the Master programs. If you have completed a three-year undergraduate degree in a non-related discipline you must apply for the 300 point stream in the Master programs
  • View the Master of Landscape Architecture entry requirements

2. Submission of academic results

Provide an original or copy of your academic transcript together with a grading scale used by the University (or Faculty/Department) where you completed your undergraduate degree.

Please ensure any transcripts for studies completed as part of a study abroad/exchange program are included as well as transcripts for subjects transferred/credited towards your degree.

If you have completed your Bachelor degree at the University of Melbourne you do not need to submit a hard copy of your results.

3. English language

All applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Requirements

4. Personal statement

Applications for the Master of Landscape Architecture require a personal statement of up to 500 words outlining prior study, work experience, and motivation to undertake the program.

Your statement can be uploaded via the online application system. 

Read about personal statements and how they are assessed.

5. Design portfolio

300 point stream: 
A portfolio is required if you have completed tertiary education in a design discipline. If you have not completed study in design, you are not required to submit a portfolio.

What is a design background?

  • 25% of your study is design studio/project related in any discipline.

If you need further clarification about whether you require a design portfolio to apply for the 300 point Landscape Architecture degree, please email us.

200 point stream:
You must submit a design portfolio focussing on design work (rather than, for example, life or still-life drawing skills). If you are submitting work done in the context of employment, you should explain your role in the work produced with brief notes.

Images and drawings presented in the portfolio should be reproduced at sufficient scale and resolution to be clearly readable. Elaborate formats that reduce the available page space for the design images should be avoided. It is most helpful to see a variety of drawings and images: free hand diagrams, computer images, two-dimensional (plans, sections, elevations) and three-dimensional studies, and photographs of physical models.

  • Portfolios are to be submitted through the online submission portal Slideroom:
  • You will need to set up a Slideroom account to upload your portfolio after you have completed your University of Melbourne online application and received a University of Melbourne applicant identification number.
  • Following completion of your online application you will receive a link to the MSD Slideroom portal.


There is a portfolio submission fee of USD$5 which you will need pay before your portfolio can successfully be submitted. You can pay the submission fee using one of the following: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB, Diner’s Club and China Union Pay.

Portfolio Requirements

  • The file size of your portfolio should not exceed 10 MB
  • The number of pages should not exceed 15-20 single pages. Please note this includes cover page and contents.
  • The portfolio must be saved as one PDF file and must be in landscape format
  • Note that portfolios are evaluated digitally and should be easily readable with limited zooming or scrolling

Each page of your portfolio should include:

  • If your work is a product of university study please specify a short description of the brief, the academic year level of the studio, the subject name and the nature of your involvement (i.e. individual or group work)
  • If images are taken from work experience, clearly state the nature of your involvement in the project (drafting, design or other)
  • Where a page of the portfolio has multiple images, please label each image
  • Applicants are encouraged to use the Design Portfolio Template when compiling their portfolios.
  • See how design portfolios are assessed by the Selection Committee: Design Portfolio Matrix

6. Application dates

Final application deadline dates are as follows:

  • Semester 1, 2019: apply by  31 October 2018
  • Semester 2, 2019: apply by  30 April 2019

Note:  International students who are currently admitted to the Bachelor of Environments are required to submit their online application prior to the deadlines listed above. Additional documents that may be required, such as a design portfolio and/or personal statement, can be submitted up until May 31 for Semester 2, 2019. 

Semester start dates are available in the Academic Calendar

If you are an international student, you should hear of the outcome of your application within 8 weeks of submission of your complete application (including all supporting documentation) when applying for the next available intake.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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