Architectural Practice - Bolton Street

TU Dublin - Technological University Dublin

Architectural Practice - Bolton Street

Under the terms of the Building Control Act 2007 and the underlying European Legislation, EU Directive 2005/36/EC, the passing of the RIAI recognised qualification allows for the establishment as an architect (subject to statutory provisions) in a member state of the European Union.

The course aims to equip each student with the Knowledge, Ability and Judgement needed by an architect to perform his or her professional duties and to understand how an office organisation is managed for this purpose. The examination is measured against the scope and professional requirements of the RIAI and current practice, its requirements as well as its anticipated future developments.

The purpose of the examination is to ensure that those who practice architecture have achieved a threshold of competence - in terms of awareness, knowledge, understanding and ability that is consistent, relevant, and will safeguard clients, building users and society at large. The assessment (which is continuous through the course) tests the students against the relevant RIAI professional competencies.

Subjects taught

Taught Modules Semester 1 and 2:
The classroom element is delivered through a series of six professional components, which are four weeks in duration:
• ARCH 6101 – Professionalism (fee bidding and office management),
• ARCH 6101 – Planning.
• ARCH 6102 – Building Control,
• ARCH 6102 – Construction Procurement.
• ARCH 6103 – Design Management,
• ARCH 6103 – Construction Management.
• Case Study Module Semester 1 and 2

The Case Study Module runs in parallel to the taught classroom components (it may also be taken with a one or two semester break). It is to a large degree undertaken through self-directed study. There will however be six individual tutorials arranged with the Programme Chair, which will provide feedback and support for both the Case Study and the Janus Report. There will in addition be a mock interview, held after the final submission and before the final viva. Students will be required to submit a case study, career evaluation (Janus) report and sit an oral examination at the end of the semester.

This element is delivered through one 15 credit module, which is:
• ARCH 6201 - Case Study and Career Evaluation

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
The Professional Diploma in Architectural Practice programme is open to the following categories of applicants:

Graduates of a recognised course in architecture, equivalent to the TU Dublin BArch
Other building professional who wish to take the course of study as CPD

Application dates

Applications for courses commencing in September 2024 will open in November 2023.
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Assessment Info

The programme assignments combine reflective learning practices, case study analysis, management skills development (e.g. briefing documents, presentations) along with a Masters dissertation.


Masters Degree
Successful completion of all 6 modules (90 ECTS)
Exits available with Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules, 30 ECTS) or Postgraduate Diploma(5 modules, 60 ECTS)


1 year

Mode of Study: Part Time
Method of Delivery: On-Campus, Online

The PDAP programme has run 5.30 – 20.00 each Monday, with six seminar days which start at 14.00, over 24 contact weeks across two 15-week semesters from September to May. All of the course content is recorded and available to students through Google Classroom and is designed to facilitate students travelling from outside the Dublin area.

The case study tutorials are arranged individually with the assigned tutor. Students should allow for around 20 learning hours per week over 2 x 15-week semesters. This comprises 2-5 (depending on the day) hours in college each Monday and 15 hours self-directed learning over 24 weeks in each semester, and 20 hours self-directed learning per week for the remaining 3 weeks.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: January 2024

Post Course Info

What are my career opportunities?
Successful graduates will be eligible to register as a professional who is entitled to call themselves an Architect.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Evening,Part time

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