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Course Title: Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture (M Arch) 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 School of Architecture, Building & Environment 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.



Module title



Semester 1


Collaborative Design Practice Studio

Design Studio: ‘Live’ Group Project



Architecture & Culture

Theory: Architectural Theory &

Critical Theory of Architectural Production



Whole Life Design

Building Performance: Durability of Design & Construction


Semester 1




Semester 2


Advanced Architectural Design Studio

Design Studio: Theme based Studio Units



Roles in the Professional Context

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

Construction Industry



Research Methods

Research: Methods & Techniques of Enquiry


Semester 2




Semester 3


Architectural Design Research Studio

Design Studio: Critical Appraisal and Reflection through Design



Research Studies

Research: Design Dissertation Seminar Groups



Elective Options

Elective: Education, Research, Practice


Semester 3




 M Arch Award




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.

Semesters 1 and 2 are considered to be Stage 1 of the course, while Semester 3 is Stage 2. Semester 3 runs concurrently with Semester 1.

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. The specific timetable will be provided at the start of the course when classes commence. Students are expected to be available for attendance. 

Applications for this course are now open.



In addition to completing the application form, please send copies of the information listed below in English to the School of Architecture, Building & Environment 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.

*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 School of Architecture, Building & Environment, Bachelor of Architecture graduates since 2010.

Offers of places are subject to availability.

First round of applications for September 2024 intake close on Friday March 29, 2024.

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



Level 9


Master of Architecture


1.5 Years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Full Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

September 2024


City Centre: Bolton Street

Virtual Tour

Bolton Street


€9,675 Total Fee

Fees (Non-EU)

€21,750 Total Fee

Contact Us

Brian Ward - Programme Chair