Architecture Urbanism & Climate Action

MSc Architecture, Urbanism & Climate Action
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Urban environments and their buildings are at once both acutely responsible for the climate crisis, and present some of the most achievable solutions. Climate action is urgently required to mitigate their environmental impact and unearth creative solutions.

Core modules are specifically designed to enhance knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals, climate science and policy as well as skills for sustainable building and urban design. Options will allows students choose from a wide range of architecture, planning and policy based modules, as well as energy and sustainability modules from around the University. Linking to prestigious industry-collaborative research projects will allow students action their research and knowledge to advance careers in sustainable practice, consultancy, policy and academia.

The UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy has an established international track record as a leading research centre in sustainable building and city research with large national and international funded projects. It is in the Top 150 QS World University Rankings by subject area, and has long led the way in architectural study and practice in Ireland.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Architecture in a Climate EmergencyARCT41210
Linked Research ProjectARCT41230
Urban Resilience and EthicsARCT41240
Climate Carbon Cities ChangeARCT41280
Research for Environmental PolENVP40170

MSc Architecture, Urbanism & Climate Action
Graduate Taught
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Stage 1 - Option
Historic Urban LandscapesARCH41080
Realising Built ProjectsARCT40030
Urban Design Theory (UDT)ARCT40180
Street Life: Urban Design, an IntroductionARCT40660
Postgraduate StudioARCT40680
Urban Design StudioARCT40690
Agency: Design / BuildARCT40870
Computational DesignARCT40930
Irish Timber & SustainabilityARCT40970
Retrofit Existing BuildingsARCT41270
Air PollutionBSEN30030
Energy System & Sustainable EnvironmentsBSEN40700
Carbon & SustainabilityBSEN40720
Tools for Sust DevelopmentENVP40040
Environmental Economics & Climate PolicyENVP40100
European Environmental PolicyENVP40180
Reimagining Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban RegenerationGEOG40750
Physical Geography of CitiesGEOG40780
Practical Environmental AssessmentGEOG40860
Remote SensingGEOG40890
Coastal RisksGEOG40960
Climate Change Law and PolicyLAW41090
Planning, Society and DiversityPLAN40030
Rural & Landscape PlanningPLAN40040
Urban and Regional DevelopmentPLAN40060
Housing Policy and PlanningPLAN40070
Nature-Based SolutionsPLAN40200
Geographical Information Systems for Policy and PlanningPLAN40220
Economic Globalisation and Social ChangeSOC40230
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DURATION:1 YearsATTENDANCE:Full TimeNEXT INTAKE:2023/2024 SeptemberCONTACT NAME:Katie O'NeillCONTACT NUMBER:01 7161781

Entry requirements

- An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalent in subjects related to the built environment including architecture, urban design, engineering, environmental sciences, or humanity degrees involving social or natural sciences.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Architecture, Urbanism & Climate Action FT (T339)
Duration 1 Years Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

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




1 year full-time.


MSc Architecture, Urbanism & Climate Action (T339) Full Time
EU: fee per year - €8085
nonEU: fee per year - €25600

***Fees are subject to change.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The range of climate change response, and environmental sustainability, related careers is broadening. This sector is set to expand rapidly in coming years. This MSc gives students a unique set of skills to allow them stay ahead of the curve and apply for exciting and fulfilling job opportunities. Potential careers include sustainable architecture and practice, sustainability consultancy, engineering consultancy, energy efficiency agency, public and environmental policy, sustainable development, energy supply and management and NGOs. This MSc can be a springboard into exciting careers in research and academia. It will allow students pursue further research opportunities into anthropologic and architectural responses to climate change. Achieving masters students will also be invited to continue onto PhD study in UCD either via in-house project opportunities or by applying for funding through national funding schemes

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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