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Urban Design

MArchSc Urban Design

The Masters of Architectural Science in Urban Design provides an opportunity for students to be introduced to the details of how design is part of the answer, to appreciate the principles for designing places, and to work creatively in an interdisciplinary environment towards understanding of the forces that shape the urban environment.

Students will acquire advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge of urban design as well as practical knowledge through field trips, case studies and design-based studio work.

To gain relevance, studio and aligned modules seek to engage with decision makers, current debates and challenges in Ireland while contextualizing their global relevance.

Entry requirements

• A 4-year 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.


1 Year Full Time

The programme lasts 12 months, or three semesters, beginning in September of each year. The first two semesters consist of lectures, seminars, workshops and studio. In the third semester students work on the dissertation.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates will gain advanced skills in analysis, critique and problem solving of urban design issues, and will be able to appreciate the decision-making process surrounding the design of the urban environment, both nationally and internationally.

Those with advanced qualifications in this field will have a distinct advantage in securing roles defining the future of the man-made environment. Past students in the course’s connected programmes have gone on to become international or national experts in their selected fields. Many of these students have changed the way that the designed environment is perceived, designed, planned, protected and developed.

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

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Adam Trodd
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 2729

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Urban Design Theory (UDT) ARCT40180
Design, Culture and Dublin ARCT40480
Introduction to Urban Design ARCT40660
Postgraduate Studio ARCT40680
Urban Design Studio ARCT40690
M.Arch.Sc Thesis(Urban design) ARCT40720
Landscape Research 1 LARC40420
Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design PEP40050


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

The programme is for graduates of disciplines engaged in the care and development of the designed environment. Students of this Masters programme have included architects, engineers, planners, archaeologists, art historians, quantity surveyors and geographers.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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

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