Architecture - M Arch / Ailtireacht

The Master of Architecture programme is open to a variety of candidate types from undergraduate accredited professional architectural programmes.

The full programme Master of Architecture is offered internally to existing students from the Bachelor of Architecture, as well as to external national and international applicants from other Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture programmes who have completed a minimum of 4 years (EU Notified) full-time study.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.  Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

More detailed information on entry requirements can be found on the table below:

Architecture Admissions Criteria

The Master of Architecture is for students who wish to develop further knowledge and master a range of skills at postgraduate level in architecture. In the ever-changing professional and industry landscapes, the Master of Architecture programme at the Dublin School of Architecture provides students with advanced knowledge and expertise to be agile professionals with an emphasis on the architect as practitioner, as researcher, and as educator. These three modes of practice are highly complementary in the field of architecture, and require common skillsets. The capacity to act in a leadership role and exercise critical judgment in a multi-disciplinary environment in the review of an architectural idea, for example, is central to this multivalent practice, whether it takes place in an architecture office, a teaching studio, a conference environment, a cultural or political forum or an architectural archive. Graduates often find that they straddle these modes of practice at different points in their career, and will increasingly do so as the architectural profession continues to develop outside of its traditional role. Therefore, the Master of Architecture programme is designed to emphasise skills and knowledge in the areas of architectural practice, architectural research, and architectural education in its broadest sense.

The Master of Architecture is offered in two modes:

Master of Architecture full programme: This is a full-time, three-semester, 90 ECTS, Level 9 programme leading to a post-graduate, professional degree in architecture, enabling students to practice as an architectural graduate or continue to further (PhD) studies. The programme is largely studio based, comprising a core Design Studio in each semester of 20 ECTS, supported by modules in the areas of research, professional studies, contemporary theory and practice of architecture and building performance.

Master of Architecture advanced entry programme: This is currently offered part-time over two semesters, comprises 30 ECTS at Level 9, and leads to a postgraduate degree in architecture, enabling students to focus their architectural practice and continue to further (PhD) studies or research. The programme embraces many relevant forms of research, including research by design, and is supported by modules in research studies and methods.

The qualification is for the profession of Architecture. Architects are concerned with the design and construction of buildings. They may practice in a personal professional capacity, or in employment in private and public sector organisations. The field of practice is quite extensive in Ireland and abroad and may offer alternatives of general practice or specialisation throughout a career. Many graduates have pursued very successful careers abroad and others have gone on to become prominent architects in Ireland.


Module title



Semester 1


M Arch 1

Collaborative Design Practice Studio

Design Studio: ‘Live’ Group Project



M Arch 6

Architecture & Culture

Theory: Architectural Theory &

Critical Theory of Architectural Production



M Arch 3

Whole Life Design

Building Performance: Durability of Design & Construction


Semester 1




Semester 2


M Arch 4

Advanced Architectural Design Studio

Design Studio: Theme based Studio Units



M Arch 5

Roles in the Professional Context

Professional Studies: Social, Economic, Environment Context of Arch Profession &

Construction Industry



M Arch 2

Research Methods

Research: Methods & Techniques of Enquiry


Semester 2




Semester 3


M Arch 7

Architectural Design Research Studio

Design Studio: Critical Appraisal and Reflection through Design



M Arch 8

Research Studies

Research: Design Dissertation Seminar Groups



M Arch 9

Elective Options

Elective: Education, Research, Practice


Semester 3




 M Arch Award




The M Arch full programme is a full-time course run throughout the week over three semesters. There average contact per week is 11 hours. An additional 29 hours of independent self-directed learning are expected per week, bringing the total weekly commitment to 40 hours.

The programme is an intensive commitment and it is not recommended that students engage in employment outside of study hours.

M.Arch. Full Programme - APPLY

In addition to the application form available at the link above, please send copies of the information listed below in English to the Dublin School of Architecture School office ( in order to process your application request:

  • 1 electronic copy of your CV (A4) max. 3 pages
  • 1 electronic copy of your portfolio (A3 or A4) max. 12 pages
  • 1 electronic copy of RPL record* & Evidence of Inquiry*, if relevant
  • 1 electronic copy of your undergraduate Architecture programme transcript**(providing certified translation if not in English)
  • If English is not your first language please provide evidence of English language proficiency 

Additional information may be requested. Applicants who hold qualifications from outside the EU will be asked to supply full details of their programme documentation in English translation.  Applicants should be aware that this programme is not listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) with the Department of Justice so a visa will not be issued for a non-EEA national to join the programme.

*RPL is Recognition of Prior Learning, and refers to evidence of past learning you may have undertaken, whether certified or experiential which is of interest for your application. Evidence of Inquiry refers to any practise-based or academic research work around a relevant topic you have undertaken prior to application
**not required for Dublin School of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture graduates since 2010

Offers of places are subject to availability.

Applications open from Monday, 1st November 2021.

For further information please go to the Dublin School of Architecture website

TU Code



NFQ Level 9


M Arch


3 semesters

Course Type


Mode of Study

Full Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

September 2022


City Centre: Bolton Street



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Jennifer Boyer - Assistant Head of School

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