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Sustainable Building Design & Performance

MArchSc Sustainable Building Design & Performance

The Masters in Sustainable Building Design & Performance taught masters programme is for those seeking to develop a career or hoping to undertake further studies in sustainable building analysis and design. It supports students to define themselves within the fields of sustainability, architecture, energy, environment and health.

- Students are encouraged and supported in the pursuit of a broad range of inter-related issues through active enquiry and autonomous investigation.

- The programme provides a learning environment within which each student is encouraged and can make a unique and individual contribution as well as being part of a team. It is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and individual and group project work, all supported through contact time in class, individual supervisory sessions and online course content.

- The programme is designed to place value on each individual and their contribution to the group, supporting their development through an inclusive, exploratory and encouraging learning environment.

Entry requirements

A bachelors degree with a minimum upper second class honours (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in a relevant programme.

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.

Applicants are required to submit their CV as part of their application documentation.


1 Year Full Time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the programme will be well positioned and will have a distinct advantage in securing roles in defining the sustainable future of the built environment.

Students who have completed graduate and postgraduate programmes with the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy and the UCD Energy Research Group have gone on to work in world-renowned consultancies, practices, research agencies and universities. The programme is also an introductory vehicle for those wishing to pursue further research at research masters or PhD level both at UCD and internationally.

Related Programmes
Master of Architecture
MArchSc Conservation & Heritage FT
MArchSc Urban Design FT
MArchSc Landscape Studies FT
MSc Environmental Policy FT
MSc Urban Design & Planning FT
Master Landscape Architecture FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Sustainable Building Analysis Studio ARCT40620
Sustainable Building Systems ARCT40630
Sustainable Design & The Occupant ARCT40640
MArchSc Thesis (SBDP) ARCT40710
Research Methods and Thesis Preparation ARCT41000
Field Studies ARCT41140
Sustainable Building Design St ARCT41150

Stage 1 - Option
Parametric Design ARCT40930
Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design PEP40050
Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning PEP40100


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

Facilities and Resources
The programme is delivered by the UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy and supported by the UCD Built Environment Laboratory, offering excellent laboratory resources and supported by technical expertise.

UCD hosts excellent paper-based and electronic library resources in the areas of architecture and sustainable design. The School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy offers dedicated studio space for its students, a dedicated architecture library and map room, access to fully equipped computer facilities, and a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, a building laboratory space with a wide range of equipment and access to monitoring and simulation equipment in the Built Environment Laboratory.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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

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