Architectural Practice

The Master of Architecture is for students who wish to develop further knowledge and master a range of skills at postgraduate level in architecture. In the ever-changing professional and industry landscapes, the Master of Architecture programme at the Dublin School of Architecture provides students with advanced knowledge and expertise to be agile professionals with an emphasis on the architect as practitioner, as researcher, and as educator. These three modes of practice are highly complementary in the field of architecture, and require common skillsets. The capacity to act in a leadership role and exercise critical judgment in a multi-disciplinary environment in the review of an architectural idea, for example, is central to this multivalent practice, whether it takes place in an architecture office, a teaching studio, a conference environment, a cultural or political forum or an architectural archive. Graduates often find that they straddle these modes of practice at different points in their career, and will increasingly do so as the architectural profession continues to develop outside of its traditional role. Therefore, the Master of Architecture programme is designed to emphasise skills and knowledge in the areas of architectural practice, architectural research, and architectural education in its broadest sense.

The Master of Architecture is offered in two modes:

Master of Architecture full programme: This is a full-time, three-semester, 90 ECTS, Level 9 programme leading to a post-graduate, professional degree in architecture, enabling students to practice as a graduate architect or continue to further (PhD) studies. The programme is largely studio based, comprising a core Design Studio in each semester of 20 ECTS, supported by modules in the areas of research, professional studies, contemporary theory and practice of architecture and building performance.

Master of Architecture advanced entry programme: This is currently offered part-time over two semesters, comprises 30 ECTS at Level 9, and leads to a postgraduate degree in architecture, enabling students to focus their architectural practice and continue to further (PhD) studies or research. The programme embraces many relevant forms of research, including research by design, and is supported by modules in research studies and methods.

Entry requirements

The Master of Architecture programme is open to a variety of candidate types from undergraduate accredited professional architectural programmes.

The advanced entry Master of Architecture programme is open to existing graduates holding a recognised Bachelor of Architecture degree or equivalent.

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Assessment Info

The programme is assessed through a range of techniques including: case study, reflective career evaluation, group work, assignments, online Multiple Choice questionnaires and shorty answer papers as well as a final oral presentation.

Subjects taught

Semester 1 & 2

Architectural Design Research Studio 20 ECTs
Research Methods 5 ECTs
Research Studies 5 ECTs


Advanced Entry - 2 semesters part time

Method of Delivery Classroom

The advanced entry (part-time) cohort meets on a designated day in the week, during working hours, and receives, on average, between 6 and 8 hours contact with lecturers each week across three modules. The remainder of the learning hours required are conducted through self-directed independent study.

The programme requires students to commit to a minimum of 300 learning hours in each semester. The part time programme is designed for students to be able to remain in employment while engaging in part time M Arch study.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: 01/09/2020

Location City Centre: Bolton Street

Post Course Info

The qualification is for the profession of Architecture. Architects are concerned with the design and construction of buildings. They may practice in a personal professional capacity, or in employment in private and public sector organisations. The field of practice is quite extensive in Ireland and abroad and may offer alternatives of general practice or specialisation throughout a career. Many graduates have pursued very successful careers abroad and others have gone on to become prominent architects in Ireland.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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