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Architecture - M Arch / Ailtireacht

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

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 courses 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 course 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 course leading to a post-graduate, professional degree in architecture, enabling students to practice as an architectural graduate or continue to further (PhD) studies. The course 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 course embraces many relevant forms of research, including research by design, and is supported by modules in research studies and methods.

You can view our M Arch Student Work webpage to look at samples of the student work from the TU282 M Arch (Full time) and TU410 M Arch (Advanced Entry/Part time) programmes.

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.

 

Code

Module title

Content

ECTS

Semester 1

ARCH9000

Collaborative Design Practice Studio

Design Studio: ‘Live’ Group Project

20

ARCH9005

Architecture & Culture

Theory: Architectural Theory &

Critical Theory of Architectural Production

5

ARCH9002

Whole Life Design

Building Performance: Durability of Design & Construction

5

Semester 1

 

Total

30

Semester 2

ARCH9003

Advanced Architectural Design Studio

Design Studio: Theme based Studio Units

20

ARCH9004

Roles in the Professional Context

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

Construction Industry

5

ARCH9001

Research Methods

Research: Methods & Techniques of Enquiry

5

Semester 2

 

Total

30

Semester 3

ARCH9006

Architectural Design Research Studio

Design Studio: Critical Appraisal and Reflection through Design

20

ARCH9007

Research Studies

Research: Design Dissertation Seminar Groups

5

ARCH9008

Elective Options

Elective: Education, Research, Practice

5

Semester 3

 

Total

30

 M Arch Award

 

TOTAL ECTS

 90

You can view our M Arch Student Work webpage to look at samples of the student work from the TU282 M Arch (Full time) and TU410 M Arch (Advanced Entry/Part time) programmes.

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

APPLY - TU282 M Arch Full Programme

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 (aileen.mullane@tudublin.ie) 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 for September 2022 intake close on Tuesday 19 April 2022.

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

Student work

You can view our M Arch Student Work webpage to look at samples of the student work from the TU282 M Arch (Full time) and TU410 M Arch (Advanced Entry/Part time) programmes.

TU Code

TU282

Level

Level 9

Award

Master of Architecture

Duration

3 semesters

Course Type

Postgraduate

Mode of Study

Full Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom

Commencement Date

September 2022

Location

City Centre: Bolton Street

Fees

Fees

Contact Us

Kevin Donovan - Programme Chair