Architecture - Advanced Entry - Bolton Street

What is... Architecture - M Arch?
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 course leading to a post-graduate, professional degree in architecture, enabling students to practice as an architectural graduate or continue to further (PhD) studies. The course 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 course embraces many relevant forms of research, including research by design, and is supported by modules in research studies and methods.

You can view our M Arch Student Work webpage to look at samples of the student work from the TU282 M Arch (Full time) and TU410 M Arch (Advanced Entry/Part time) programmes.

Subjects taught

Module: Collaborative Design Practice Studio
Content: Design Studio: 'Live' Group Project

Module: ARCH9005
Content: Theory: Architectural Theory & Critical Theory of Architectural Production

Module: Whole Life Design
Content: Building Performance: Durability of Design & Construction

Semester 2
Module: Advanced Architectural Design Studio
Content: Design Studio: Theme based Studio Units

Module: Roles in the Professional Context
Content: Professional Studies: Social, Economic, Environment Context of Arch Profession & Construction Industry

Module: Research Methods
Content: Research: Methods & Techniques of Enquiry

Semester 3
Module: Architectural Design Research Studio
Content: Design Studio: Critical Appraisal and Reflection through Design

Module: Research Studies
Content: Research: Design Dissertation Seminar Groups

Module: Elective Options
Content: Elective: Education, Research, Practice

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
The Master of Architecture programme is open to a variety of candidate types from undergraduate accredited professional architectural courses.

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 courses 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 course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

For more detailed information on entry requirements, please see course Web Page below.

Application dates

First round of applications for September 2023 intake close on Friday March 31, 2023.

Apply - TU282 M Arch Full Programme
In addition to the application form available at the link above, please send copies of the information listed below in English to the Dublin School of Architecture School office ( in order to process your application request:
• 1 electronic copy of your CV (A4) max. 3 pages
• 1 electronic copy of your portfolio (A3 or A4) max. 12 pages
• 1 electronic copy of RPL record* & Evidence of Inquiry*, if relevant
• 1 electronic copy of your undergraduate Architecture programme transcript**(providing certified translation if not in English)
• If English is not your first language please provide evidence of English language proficiency

Additional information may be requested. Applicants who hold qualifications from outside the EU will be asked to supply full details of their programme documentation in English translation.

*RPL is Recognition of Prior Learning, and refers to evidence of past learning you may have undertaken, whether certified or experiential which is of interest for your application. Evidence of Inquiry refers to any practise-based or academic research work around a relevant topic you have undertaken prior to application
**not required for Dublin School of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture graduates since 2010

Offers of places are subject to availability.


3 semesters
Mode of Study: Full Time
Method of Delivery: Classroom

The M Arch programme is a full-time course run throughout the week over three semesters. There average contact per week is 11 hours. An additional 29 hours of independent self-directed learning are expected per week, bringing the total weekly commitment to 40 hours.

The course is an intensive commitment and it is not recommended that students engage in employment outside of study hours.

Post Course Info

What are my career opportunities?
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.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    M Arch

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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