MArch Architecture
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
The MArch programme equips students to deal with complex design problems in a challenging context. Through studio projects, academic writing and practical experiments, it develops professional capacities while placing equal emphasis on research and critical enquiry. Its faculty includes many leading figures in architectural practice as well as internationally-recognised researchers. 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.

Strong emphasis on research and on critical, reflective practice.

Intensive small-group teaching from leading practitioners and academics.

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

Entry requirements

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Who is the Master of Architecture for?
Applicants will usually have a Bachelors level Architecture Degree or another approved equivalent degree with a minimum of 6 semesters of architectural education

Advanced Entry To Year Two
Applicants who hold a UCD Bachelor of Architecture Degree or an approved equivalent Degree awarded from another institution can apply to enter Year Two of the MArch Degree Programme and successful candidates may apply for further module exemptions. All applicants who gain entry to Year Two must complete a minimum of 30 credits.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Design Technologies I

Research & Innovation in the Designed Environment

Architectural Design VIII

Research and Innovation in the Designed Environment II

Architectural Design VII - Comprehensive Design Studio

Stage 1 - Option
Realising Built Projects

Conservation History, Theory and Policy

Urban Design Theory (UDT)

Sustainable Building Systems

Sustainable Design & The Occupant

Introduction to Urban Design

Agency: Design / Build

Parametric Design

Environmental Risk and Behaviour

Psychology of Landscape

Planning, Society and Diversity

Rural & Landscape Planning

Urban and Regional Development

Governing Nature

Stage 2 - Core
Professional Studies II

MArch Dissertation

Reflective Portfolio Module

Architectural Design X

Architectural Design IX




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

Careers & Employability
The MArch qualification is RIAI (and European Union), and RIBA accredited and has Substantial Equivalency 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)

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    Full time

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