Architecture - Advanced Entry - Bolton Street

What is... Architecture - M Arch (Advanced Entry)?
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:

TU282 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.

TU410 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.

Subjects taught

Code Module title Content ECTS

Part-time over two semesters

ARCH9001 Research Methods Research: Methods & Techniques of Enquiry 5

ARCH9006 Architectural Design Research Studio Design Studio: Critical Appraisal and Reflection through Design 20

ARCH9007 Research Studies Research: Design Dissertation Seminar Groups 5

M Arch Award Total ECTS 30

Entry requirements

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

The advanced entry Master of Architecture programme is open to existing graduates holding a recognised Bachelor of Architecture degree or equivalent.

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

Application dates

Applications open from 1st November 2021.

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.


Advanced Entry - 2 semesters part time
Method of Delivery Classroom

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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  • Qualification letters

    M Arch

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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