The Master of Architecture is for students who wish to develop further knowledge and master a range of skills at postgraduate level in architecture. In the ever-changing professional and industry landscapes, the Master of Architecture programme at the Dublin School of Architecture provides students with advanced knowledge and expertise to be agile professionals with an emphasis on the architect as practitioner, as researcher, and as educator. These three modes of practice are highly complementary in the field of architecture, and require common skillsets. The capacity to act in a leadership role and exercise critical judgment in a multi-disciplinary environment in the review of an architectural idea, for example, is central to this multivalent practice, whether it takes place in an architecture office, a teaching studio, a conference environment, a cultural or political forum or an architectural archive. Graduates often find that they straddle these modes of practice at different points in their career, and will increasingly do so as the architectural profession continues to develop outside of its traditional role. Therefore, the Master of Architecture programme is designed to emphasise skills and knowledge in the areas of architectural practice, architectural research, and architectural education in its broadest sense.

The Master of Architecture is offered in two modes:

Master of Architecture full programme: This is a full-time, three-semester, 90 ECTS, Level 9 programme leading to a post-graduate, professional degree in architecture, enabling students to practice as a graduate architect or continue to further (PhD) studies. The programme is largely studio based, comprising a core Design Studio in each semester of 20 ECTS, supported by modules in the areas of research, professional studies, contemporary theory and practice of architecture and building performance.

Master of Architecture advanced entry programme: This is currently offered part-time over two semesters, comprises 30 ECTS at Level 9, and leads to a postgraduate degree in architecture, enabling students to focus their architectural practice and continue to further (PhD) studies or research. The programme embraces many relevant forms of research, including research by design, and is supported by modules in research studies and methods.

Entry requirements

The Master of Architecture programme is open to a variety of candidate types from undergraduate accredited professional architectural programmes.

The full programme Master of Architecture is offered internally to existing students from the Bachelor of Architecture, as well as to external national and international applicants from other Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture programmes who have completed a minimum of 4 years (EU Notified) full-time study.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.
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Assessment Info


All modules are assessed through assignments (including design studio projects).

Some modules other than Design Studio have seminar components – Architecture & Culture and Research Studies. Assignments in these components may be set to coordinate with the Design Studio and form integrated elements within the studio project. These are called 'integrated' assignments. The outcomes required in the integrated assignments are determined by the relevant module co-ordinators and are assessed in both modules.

Some assignments are more suited to stand alone assessments. Where assignments have no direct connection to studio they are called 'parallel' assignments. The nature and content of some theory modules and some components of theory modules make a written end of semester examination more appropriate.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Collaborative Design Practice Studio 20 ECTs
Research Methods 5 ECTs
Whole Life Design 5 ECTs

Semester 2
Advanced Architectural Design Studio 20 ECTs
Roles in the Professional Context 5 ECTs
Architecture & Culture 5 ECTs

Semester 3
Architectural Design Research Studio 20 ECTs
Research Studies 5 ECTs
Elective Options 5 ECTs


Mode of Study Full Time
Method of Delivery Classroom

The full programme cohort meets through the week and receives between 12 and 14 hours contact with lecturers each week across three modules per semester. The remainder of the learning hours required are conducted through self-directed independent study.

The programme requires students to commit to a minimum of 600 learning hours in each semester. The programme is an intensive commitment and it is not recommended that students engage in employment outside of study hours.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: 01/09/2020
Location City Centre: Bolton Street

Post Course Info

The qualification is for the profession of Architecture. Architects are concerned with the design and construction of buildings. They may practice in a personal professional capacity, or in employment in private and public sector organisations. The field of practice is quite extensive in Ireland and abroad and may offer alternatives of general practice or specialisation throughout a career. Many graduates have pursued very successful careers abroad and others have gone on to become prominent architects in Ireland.

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