Master of Architecture

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

Program Description

Master of Architecture

UCD College of Engineering and 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 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)

Who should apply?

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.

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.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

  • MArch Architecture (T273) Full Time
  • EU Year 1 - € 7640
  • EU Year 2** - € 7640
  • nonEU Year 1 - € 24200
  • nonEU Year 2 - € 23800 vb

***Fees are subject to change Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Professional Accreditation

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.

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


Graduate Profile
David McNulty, Director of Architecture,
Louis Vuitton, Paris I graduated from UCD Architecture in 1985. Professor Henri Ciriani was a visiting lecturer at UCD during my tenure and he was instrumental in encouraging me to move to Paris after completion of my studies. In addition Paul Moore, a 5th-year studio master at UCD, helped secure my first job with Marcel Breuer’s Paris office. Many jobs later including time at Chaix & Morel Architects and a period with set designer François Confino, I was approached by Louis Vuitton to set up and manage their Architecture Department and real estate portfolio. I have been Director of Louis Vuitton Architecture for 16 years. UCD was the springboard and opened the first doors in my career. *

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 16, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
2 years
Full time
7,490 EUR
EU: Year 1 - € 7490, Year 2** - € 7490; nonEU: Year 1 - € 23800
Ireland - Dublin, County Dublin
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