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What is... Architecture - M Arch?
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.

Subjects taught

Semester 1 - Total 30 ECTS
ARCH9000: Collaborative Design Practice Studio
Content: Design Studio: 'Live' Group Project 20 ECTS

ARCH9005: Architecture & Culture Theory: Architectural
Content: Theory & Critical Theory of Architectural Production 5 ECTS

ARCH9002: Whole Life Design
Content: Building Performance: Durability of Design & Construction 5 ECTS

Semester 2 - Total 30 ECTS
ARCH9003: Advanced Architectural Design Studio
Content: Design Studio: Theme based Studio Units 20 ECTS

ARCH9004: Roles in the Professional Context
Content: Professional Studies: Social, Economic, Environment Context of Arch Profession & Construction Industry 5 ECTS

ARCH9001: Research Methods
Content: Research: Methods & Techniques of Enquiry 5 ECTS

Semester 3 - Total 30 ECTS
ARCH9006: Architectural Design Research Studio
Content: Design Studio: Critical Appraisal and Reflection through Design 20 ECTS

ARCH9007: Research Studies
Content: Research: Design Dissertation Seminar Groups 5 ECTS

ARCH9008: Elective Options
Content: Elective: Education, Research, Practice 5 ECTS

M Arch Award: Total 90 ECTS

Entry requirements

Minimum 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.

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.

How to Apply
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.

For further information please go to the TU Dublin School of Architecture website.


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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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