MSc Architecture, Urbanism & Climate Action FT (T339)

Urban environments and their buildings are placing unprecedented stress on earth system processes, while simultaneously being critical sites for climate action. The MSc in Architecture, Urbanism and Climate Action (MAUCA) programme equips graduates and returning professionals with specialist skills to respond to the challenge of planning, designing, and realising a resilient and sustainable built environment. The School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy (APEP) brings together four key disciplines to provide a unique graduate learning experience.

Core modules are specifically designed to enhance knowledge of climate science and policy, GIS, systems thinking, and environmental ethics, as well as to develop skills for low carbon, sustainable and inclusive building and urban design. Optional modules have been selected from a wide range of schools across UCD, including Architecture, Planning, Environmental Policy, Geography, Biosystems Engineering, Economics and Law. Students undertake a Linked Research Project in the summer trimester that offers 3 options: developing individual research studies through a thesis; a placement on a prestigious EU or nationally funded collaborative research project within UCD on a relevant topic; or a placement with a company leading the agenda on low-carbon, sustainable building and urban design. Many students have continued to work for their placement research projects or companies after graduating.

Course Highlight

The UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy has an established international track record as a leading research centre in sustainable building and city research with large national and international funded projects. It is in the Top 150 QS World University Rankings by subject area, and has long led the way in architectural and urban design study and practice in Ireland.

Additionally, UCD is ranked in the top 50 in the world in the QS World University Rankings for Sustainability, and is number 1 in Ireland and 24th in Europe.

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  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of climate change, its causes and design and policy strategies to mitigate it, particularly related to the built environment.

  • Ability to work effectively as an individual, in multidisciplinary teams, to tackle the essential challenge of our time.

  • Demonstrate the ability to consider the environmental impact of buildings, including matters of resource depletion, energy consumption, life cycle performance, carbon intensity and in-use performance when designing buildings.

  • Understand and participate in current debates within the areas of sustainability and climate change.

  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply concepts and theoretical knowledge to climate change related challenges in Europe and globally.




Stage 1

The MSc Architecture, Urbanism & Climate Action is a one-year 90-credit Masters Programme comprising 60 credits of Core Modules (30 credits for taught modules, 30 credits for research project) and 30 credits of Option Modules. Students are recommended to register for a balanced workload of 30 credits per Trimester.
IMPORTANT: Access to individual Option Modules may be dependent on prior learning and should be agreed with the relevant Module Coordinator and the Programme Director.



Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
ARCT41210 Architecture in a Climate Emergency Autumn 5
ARCT41260 Climate Carbon Cities Change Autumn 5
ARCT41310 Geodesign for Urban Futures Autumn 5
ARCT41240 Urban Resilience and Ethics Spring 5
ENVP40170 Research for Environmental Pol Spring 10
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Option Modules
All Students MUST select 30 credits of Option Modules, and between their Core and Option modules register for a balanced workload of 30 credits per Trimester. Access to individual Option Modules may be dependent on prior learning and should be agreed with the the relevant Module Coordinator and the Programme Director.
     
ARCT40030 Realising Built Projects Autumn 5
ARCT40660 Street Life: Urban Design, an Introduction Autumn 5
ARCT40680 Postgraduate Studio Autumn 15
ARCT41270 Retrofit Existing Buildings Autumn 5
BSEN40700 Energy System & Sustainable Environments Autumn 10
ENVP40100 Environmental Economics & Climate Policy Autumn 10
GEOG40820 GIS Principles and Applications Autumn 10
GEOG40860 Practical Environmental Assessment Autumn 10
GEOG40890 Remote Sensing Autumn 10
PLAN40060 Urban and Regional Development Autumn 5
PLAN40640 Planning Institutions & Govern Autumn 10
BSEN40720 Carbon & Sustainability Autumn and Spring (separate) 5
ARCT40180 Urban Design Theory (UDT) Spring 5
ARCT40690 Urban Design Studio Spring 15
ARCT40870 Agency: Design / Build Spring 5
BSEN30030 Air Pollution Spring 5
ECON42570 Behavioural E'mics:Policy App Spring 5
ENVP40040 Tools for Sust Development Spring 10
GEOG40750 Reimagining Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban Regeneration Spring 5
GEOG40870 Advanced GIS Applications Spring 10
GEOG40960 Coastal Risks Spring 5
GEOG41060 Geostatistics and Programming for GIS Spring 10
LAW41090 Climate Change Law and Policy Spring 10
PLAN40570 Conservation and Placemaking Spring 10
PLAN40580 Rural & Landscape Planning Spring 10
PLAN40610 Environment & Sustainability Spring 10
PLAN40620 Planning, Design & Development Spring 10
RDEV40840 Rural Placemaking Spring 10
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Option Modules
All Students MUST select 30 credits of Option Modules, and between their Core and Option modules register for a balanced workload of 30 credits per Trimester. Access to individual Option Modules may be dependent on prior learning and should be agreed with the the relevant Module Coordinator and the Programme Director.
     
Stage 1 Options - B)1OF:
Summer REQUIRED OPTION Module:
ALL Students MUST initially select the module ARCT41230 Linked Research Project. During the Autumn Trimester, those students interested in pursuing ARCT41290 MAUCA Internship will be expected to prepare their CV and seek Professional Work Experience opportunities from prospective employers under the guidance of the Internship Module Coordinator and Programme Director. In the event that a student is successful in securing a suitable Professional Work Experience placement, subject to gaining approval of the Internship Module Coordinator, the student will be re-registered to ARCT41290 MAUCA Internship by the College Office.
     
ARCT41230 Linked Research Project Summer 30
ARCT41290 MAUCA Internship Summer 30
Stage 1 Options - B)1OF:
Summer REQUIRED OPTION Module:
ALL Students MUST initially select the module ARCT41230 Linked Research Project. During the Autumn Trimester, those students interested in pursuing ARCT41290 MAUCA Internship will be expected to prepare their CV and seek Professional Work Experience opportunities from prospective employers under the guidance of the Internship Module Coordinator and Programme Director. In the event that a student is successful in securing a suitable Professional Work Experience placement, subject to gaining approval of the Internship Module Coordinator, the student will be re-registered to ARCT41290 MAUCA Internship by the College Office.
     
See the UCD Assessment website for further details

Module Weighting Info  
  Award GPA
Programme Module Weightings Rule Description Description >= <=
MTENA001 Stage 1 - 100.00%
Standard Honours Award First Class Honours

3.68

4.20

Second Class Honours, Grade 1

3.08

3.67

Second Class Honours, Grade 2

2.48

3.07

Pass

2.00

2.47


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