MArch Architecture
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

In 2011, the UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy celebrated its centenary. The School has long led the way in architectural study and practice in Ireland. Its undergraduate, graduate and research programmes cover all aspects of the practice of architecture and landscape architecture, as well as advanced areas of conservation, sustainability, urbanism and history and theory.

The programme equips graduates to work in the field of Architecture anywhere across the world in architectural practice and in other forms of creative practice as well as in the areas of policy, consultancy and academia.

- MArch (Hons) is the only programme that is accredited by the professional institute in Ireland (RIAI), and by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and which also has Substantial Equivalency status with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the USA.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision and Values Statement?
This programme is aimed at students who wish to develop a career in architecture. It is a national and international professionally accredited academic programme that will equip graduates to work worldwide in architectural design and in creative and research practice. We encourage and support students to be active, motivated and autonomous learners, who have a critical and reflective approach to architectural design, practice and research.

This studio and lecture based programme, led by academics and practitioners at the forefront of the discipline, aims to provide an engaging, exciting and innovative learning environment that encourages students to develop their individual professional capacities while placing equal emphasis on research and critical enquiry. We do this through design projects, academic writing, technological and constructional investigations and practical experiments, valuing innovation, investigation and original creative work underpinned by a due regard for rigor, depth and precision. Students are provided with a firm foundation in advanced methodologies and skills and develop a close familiarity with the broader disciplinary, regulatory and societal frameworks within which professionals must operate.

The programme uses teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as individual and group design projects, live-projects, case students, scenario-based learning and written research and dissertations. Each has a focus on individual development and reflective learning, while developing effective group-work, written, verbal and visual communication and presentation skills.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Design Technologies I ARCT40010
Research & Innovation in the Designed Environment ARCT40020
Architectural Design VIII ARCT40050
Research and Innovation in the Designed Environment II ARCT40080
Architectural Design VII - Comprehensive Design Studio ARCT41120

Stage 1 - Option
Realising Built Projects ARCT40030
Conservation History, Theory and Policy ARCT40170
Urban Design Theory (UDT) ARCT40180
Introduction to Urban Design ARCT40660
Agency: Design / Build ARCT40870
Computational Design ARCT40930
Irish Timber & Sustainability ARCT40970
Architecture & Climate Change ARCT41210
Carbon Management and Sustainable Urbanism ARCT41240
Planning, Society and Diversity PLAN40030
Urban and Regional Development PLAN40060

Stage 2 - Core
Professional Studies II ARCT40190
MArch Dissertation ARCT40610
Reflective Portfolio Module ARCT41130
Design Thesis 2 ARCT41180
Design Thesis 1 ARCT41190

Entry requirements

- Portfolio Submission is essential

- A bachelor's degree in architecture or another approved equivalent degree (NFQ Level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence (2.1 or UCD GPA 3.08 or equivalent) is required .

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

Master of Architecture (T273)
Duration 2 Years Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




2 years full-time.


MArch Architecture (T273) Full Time
EU Year 1 - €7830
EU Year 2 - €7830 aa
nonEU Year 1 - €24800
nonEU Year 2 - €24200 aa

Second Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2019 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2018/19

***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

Post Course Info

Career and Graduate Study Opportunity
The MArch qualification is RIAI and European Union, and RIBA accredited and has International Certification with the NAAB. It will equip graduates to work in architecture anywhere across the world, whether in major global centres or in particular regional contexts. This triple accreditation makes this Masters course unique and offers unrivalled opportunities to graduates. Graduates are involved in architectural practice and in other forms of professional creative practice, as well as in areas of policy and consultancy. Many graduates also go on to further postgraduate study, in UCD and elsewhere. Past students in the course's connected programmes have gone on to become international or national experts in their selected fields.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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