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Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Who is the Master of Architecture for?
Applicants will usually have a Bachelors level Architecture Degree or another approved equivalent degree with a minimum of 6 semesters of architectural education

Advanced Entry To Year Two
Applicants who hold a UCD Bachelor of Architecture Degree or an approved equivalent Degree awarded from another institution can apply to enter Year Two of the MArch Degree Programme and successful candidates may apply for further module exemptions. All applicants who gain entry to Year Two must complete a minimum of 30 credits.

This two year programme fulfils the requirements for the second part of professional education in architecture (RIBA and RIAI accredited). It equips students to deal with complex design problems in challenging contexts. Through studio projects, academic writing and practical experiments it develops professional capacities while placing equal emphasis on research and critical enquiry.
-This programme is accredited by the professional institute in Ireland (RIAI) and the UK (RIBA) and is pursuing the US accreditation (NAAB).
-Strong emphasis on research and on critical, reflective practice.
-Intensive small-group teaching from leading practitioners and academics.
-Two UCD Academics are the 2015 recipients of the Royal Gold Medal (the world's most prestigious architecture award)

Programme outcomes:
- On successful completion of the programme students should be able to: Embed in their visual and written work evidence of their ability to use conceptual and critical thinking and know the appropriate use of both.
-Use analogue and digital methods of visual communication, drawing, presentation, model making, and show judgment in utilising such methods appropriately in order to achieve their design intentions and ambitions
- Communicate and present their design and research questions and the knowledge and rationale underpinning their conclusions at public fora to professional and non-professional audiences, clearly and unambiguously
-Act competently and independently and have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information, and to reflect on wider professional issues.
-Evidence an informed and independent view of the role of the architect and the value of architecture to society, communicate and articulate the potential of architecture with regard to quality of life, environmental performance and climate change, health and well-being, economy etc
-Integrate their knowledge of specialized research methods in architecture into their work and be capable of using such methods with rigour, depth and precision to understand, evaluate, and analyse scenarios in architectural theory, design and assembly.
-Embed in their own work their knowledge of the regulatory and building control policy framework that underpins and influences practice and, be aware of the impact of such frameworks on current and future practice.
-Utilise a range of investigative and design skills, showing in their work their ability to use the appropriate skill at the appropriate stage and an ability to synthesise knowledge to achieve original and excellent design outcomes.
-Articulate their knowledge of local and global architectural history and precedent and have explicit in their work the ability to use such knowledge to inform future design and research work.
-Understand structural, environmental, envelope, services and life-saving systems to the extent that the student can clearly evidence their ability to synthesise these within a comprehensive building design programme.
-Apply their knowledge and problem solving abilities to the design of an architectural project in response to functional brief and site conditions, including an understanding of social and physical contexts and show this in visual and written documents.

Entry requirements

Portfolio Submission is essential
-Portfolio Submission is essential
-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 who do not have the BSc (Architectural Science) should refer to the MArch Pathway Programme


2 years full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The MArch qualification is RIAI (and European Union) and RIBA accredited and will equip graduates to work in architecture anywhere across the world, whether in major global centres or in particular regional contexts. The School of Architecture is also pursuing accreditation with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the USA. Graduates are involved in architectural practice and in other forms of professional creative practice, as well as in areas of policy and consultancy. Many graduates also go on to further postgraduate study, in UCD and elsewhere. Past students in the course's connected programmes have gone on to become international or national experts in their selected fields.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Erin O'Malley
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 1871

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Design Technologies I ARCT40010
Research & Innovation in the Designed Environment ARCT40020
Architectural Design VII ARCT40040
Architectural Design VIII ARCT40050
Research and Innovation in the Designed Environment II ARCT40080

Stage 1 - Option
Realising Built Projects ARCT40030
Urban Design Theory (UDT) ARCT40180
Sustainable Building Systems ARCT40630
Sustainable Design & The Occupant ARCT40640
Introduction to Urban Design ARCT40660
Multi-disciplinary approaches to the landscape ARCT40820
Agency: Design / Build ARCT40870
Parametric Design ARCT40930
Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning PEP40100
Governing Nature PEP40880

Stage 2 - Core
Professional Studies II ARCT40190
MArch Dissertation ARCT40610
Masters Design Thesis Seminar ARCT41110
Comprehensive Design Studio ARCT41120
Reflective Portfolio Module ARCT41130


MArch is the only programme in Ireland that is accredited by the professional institutes in Ireland (RIAI) and the UK (RIBA) and is pursuing Substantial Equivalency status with the National Architectural Accrediting Board in the USA.

Application date

Deadline 03-SEP-18

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

Course fee

MArch Architecture (T273) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 7640
EU Year 2 - € 7640
non-EU Year 1 - € 24200
non-EU Year 2 - € 23800

Second Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2018 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2017/18
***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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