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 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. It embraces intensive small-group teaching from faculty which 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. It is also the only programme which is triple accredited by the professional institute in Ireland (RIAI), and by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and which also has International Certification with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the USA.

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 International Certification from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the USA.

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 ProjectsARCT40030
Conservation History, Theory and PolicyARCT40170
Urban Design Theory (UDT)ARCT40180
Street Life: Urban Design, an IntroductionARCT40660
Agency: Design / BuildARCT40870
Concrete ResearchARCT40950
Architecture in a Climate EmergencyARCT41210
Urban Resilience and EthicsARCT41240
Planning, Society and DiversityPLAN40030

Stage 2 - Core
Professional Studies IIARCT40190
Reflective Portfolio ModuleARCT41130
Design Thesis 2ARCT41180
Design Thesis 1ARCT41190
Major Research EssayARCT41300

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: 2024/2025 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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