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MArch Architecture

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

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 profesional 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)

Entry requirements

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 RIBA accredited and will equip graduates to work in architecture anywhere across the world, whether in major global centres or in particular regional contexts. Graduates will become 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

Further enquiries

Contact Name:
Erin OMalley
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 1868

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


Programme Highlights
- Staff-student ratios – individual and small group teaching
- Intensive teaching
- Relating teaching, practice, research
- Tapping into tradition and strengths of the school
- Interdisciplinary and inter-institutional electives and option modules
- Opportunities to develop knowledge in specialised areas such as conservation, planning, building performance.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:
Master of Architecture (T273)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September

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