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The new M.Arch. graduate programme at the University of Limerick is fast-paced and flexible, offering an innovative course for those with an undergraduate degree in architecture. Research learning is at the core of the course, through the Design Studio with its unique instruction method and collaborative peer-to-peer learning environment. The course is between one and three years full-time, depending on an applicant’s prior learning. Note: This programme is subject to professional accreditation by the RIAI.

Overview
Our graduate programme is fast-paced and flexible, and is run by architects, writers, critics, historians, engineers and philosophers. Established in 2005, SAUL now comprises 140 undergraduate students, from Ireland and abroad as well as European and International students with us for a year of their studies. SAUL’s two studios are located in Limerick: the main studio is in a very central location on the campus of the University of Limerick near the banks of the River Shannon; the SAUL Fab Lab is located in the heart of the Georgian city. SAUL teaching faculty has a strongly international dimension; as well as coming from Limerick and Dublin, staff hail from New York, Stockholm, London, Berlin, Scotland, France, Morocco and Spain. These top quality teaching faculty practice architecture in varying ways; as directors of a range of award-winning architectural practices in Ireland including Bucholz McEvoy Architects, Grafton Architects, A2 Architects, Hassett Ducatez Architects, PAC Studio, Urban Agency; as academics from a variety of disciplines including Architecture, Architectural History, English literature and Geography; and as professionals in Local Governance and Civil Engineering. SAUL conducts research projects through its dedicated research arm the SAUL Intelligence Unit. The SAUL IU engages in a variety of areas, from individual academic research projects to larger-scale undertakings with partners in local governance, local industry, and other faculties within the University.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirement to the programme is a 2:2, (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Aeronautical Engineering, or closely related field. For international students, the entry equivalent will be accepted as determined by the Course Director in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions. Where applicants are non-native English language speakers, certified achievement in TOEFL or IELTS Standard English Language Competency Test will be required. An interview may be part of the admission process.

What To Include With Your Application:
• Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
• English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
• A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local

Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

2 years Full- Time

Further enquiries

Dr. Anna Ryan
SAUL School of Architecture
University of Limerick
Email: anna.ryan@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Year 1
Autumn Semester
• Design Studio 1 (Graduate Entry)
• History, Theory and Criticism in Architecture
• Digital Representation
• Structural Concepts: Gravity and Reaction

Spring Semester
• Design Studio 2 (Graduate Entry)
• Visual Culture and Expression
• Environmental Systems and Forces
• Construction Documents: Coding, Organising and Managing Information

Year 2
Autumn Semester
• Graduate Design Project 1
• Graduate Design Research 1
• Advanced Construction Technology Elective

Spring Semester
• Graduate Design Project 2
• Graduate Design Research 2
• Profession and Practice of Architecture
• Elective

Year 3
Autumn Semester
• Graduate Thesis Project 1
• Graduate Thesis Dissertation 1
• Graduate Thesis Seminar 1
• Elective

Spring Semester
• Graduate Thesis Project 2
• Graduate Thesis Dissertation 2
• Graduate Thesis Seminar 2

Comment

The new M.Arch. graduate programme at SAUL offers an innovative course and a recognised route into the profession of architecture for those with an undergraduate degree in architecture; it can be tailored in length depending on an applicant’s prior learning.

Application date

Application Deadline: to be confirmed

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
• Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
• Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
• A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
• An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
• A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
• Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017

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