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.
Our Master of Architecture programme is uniquely structured in that it offers participants a post-graduate professional degree in architecture which enables them to go on directly to PhD studies or practice as a graduate architect. The programme is a Level 9 Major Award under the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) with a one and half year duration of full time study (or up to one full time and one year part time study during the final semester). It comprises a total of 90 ECTS. The programme is largely studio based, comprising a core Design Studio in each semester of 20 ECTS and forms a continuum throughout the three semesters. The remaining modules which support the Design Studio learning and overall learning experience are in the areas of Research, Professional Studies, Theory, and Building Performance.