The programme is offered on a part-time flexible basis over two semesters, at the time that an architectural graduate is undertaking minimum 2 years professional practical experience under supervision. Graduates arrange their own placements in architectural practice, which may be in Ireland or abroad, and the programme is structured to provide a context and support to graduates during their professional training.

The programme is delivered by UCD academic staff, practicing architects and other professionals with expertise in critical subject areas. Since 2013, the programme is also available online. The course is flexible , it will be delivered online in 2020/21 in the Autumn Trimester. Lecture recordings, learning material and readings will be available to students for flexible learning, supported by weekly group tutorials. Assessments are available in both Autumn Semester (January) and Spring Semester (May).

The Professional Diploma (Architecture) is accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) as Registration Body (Ireland) and Competent Authority (European Union) for direct admission to the ‘Register for Architects’ in Ireland.

Subjects taught

The first module of the course, Architectural Practice, is an introduction to practice, the profession and current issues. The Construction Legislation and Procurement & Contracts modules include the full ‘body of knowledge’ necessary for practice and project delivery. The modules in Case Study and Practical Experience are the final professional examinations, founded on the student’s knowledge base, their personal professional experience and their analysis of a construction project.

Stage 1 - Option
Procurement & Contracts ARCT40090
Case Study ARCT40100
Practical Experience ARCT40110
Architectural Practice ARCT40130
Construction Legislation ARCT40140

Entry requirements

This course is only available to graduates of B.Arch/ M.Arch or equivalent approved 5-year qualification in architecture.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

Professional Diploma Architecture PT (T290)
Duration 1 Years Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

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




1 year part-time.


ProfDip Architecture (T290) Part Time
EU/NONEU: fee per credit - €99.9

ProfDip Architecture (T291) Part Time
EU/NONEU: fee per credit - €99.9

***Fees are subject to change.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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  • Qualifications

    Professional Diploma

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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