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Architectural Technical Design

The intention of this programme is to develop advanced technical, analytical, assessment, appraisal and research skills in architectural technical design. The structure of the programme facilitates the development of a self-directed technical specialist focus with expertise in the specific areas of sustainable, performance-based, energy-efficient technical design developed through studio exploration and research investigations supported by elective modules.

The programme includes theoretical and practical content aimed to predict future best-practice in environmental responsibility.

A minor focus in interdisciplinary themes can be integrated through elective modules.

Graduates of this programme will be well equipped to meet the challenges of contemporary sustainable, performance-based, energy-efficient architectural technology practice and provide leadership through innovative expertise in technical design with advanced understanding, detailed factual knowledge and specialist skills.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Option 1: BSc (Honours) in Architectural Technology, 50% average pass.

Option 2: BSc (Honours) in Architecture, BSc (Honours) in Interior Architecture, 50% average pass.

Please note: portfolio review and interview, additional credits beyond the 90 credit programme may be required for option 2.


Full-time: 1 Year (12 months continuous, 3 Semesters, September - August).
Part-time: Option 1: 2 Years. Option 2: 3 Years.

No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours week: 10 - 15
Which days: Variable

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Katherine Keane, Deirdre Ryan
Department of Architecture
T: +353 21 433 5970

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted. The elective modules afford the learner the opportunity to broaden his/her skills set in other disciplines or to deepen his/her skills set in the selected area of focus. The elective modules offered in any given year are delivered subject to demand and resource availability.

Semester 1
• Research Skills and Practice
• Technical Design Strategy (15 credits)

Elective (Choose 2)
• M&E Cost Planning
• Building Services Evaluation
• Energy Systems Modelling
• Building Thermal Dynamic Analysis
• Passive House Design 1
• Revit and BIM
• Contract Admin/Dispute Resolve
• Const. Project Management
• Commercial BER
• Strategic Management 1
• Multimedia Production
• Free Choice Module

Semester 2
• Research Project Development
• Technical Design Development (20 ECTS)

Elective (Choose 1)
• M&E Measurement
• Building Energy Calculations
• Adaptation and Reuse 2
• New Media Production
• Eng. Project Management
• Global Project Management
• Intl Strategies & Org
• Managing Innovation
• Passive House Design 2
• Building Information Modeling
• Free Choice Module

Semester 3
• Research Documentation & Dissemination (20 ECTS)
• Technical Design Dissemination (10 ECTS)


Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

Application date

EU Applicant: Closing date: 1st June 2018.
International Applicant: May 31st 2018.

Course fee

EU Applicants: €5,000
Non EU Students: €12,000

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2018-2019 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

For further information on the USI levy please go to:

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

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Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment and start dates

Closing date: 1st June 2018

International Student
To apply, please email the following documents to

Completed application form available from:

1. Birth Certificate OR Photo Page of Passport – Photocopy of either document

2. School Leaving Examination Certificate OR High School Transcript. Include forecast results if final results are not available. (Bachelor Degree Applicants only)

3. Third Level Academic Transcript and Proof of Final Degree (required for transfer and postgraduate applicants)

4. 2 Academic Reference Letters

5. English Language Proficiency score for applicants whose first language is not English. i.e. IELTS Certificate, Minimum accepted score = 6.0 or equivalent (Note: Some courses may require a higher minimum IELTS score.)

6. 1 Passport Sized Photograph

7. Official Translation to English of all documentation which is not in English.

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