Master of Architecture (T273)

Master of Architecture interview timetable for applicants:

Completed applications (All required documents) must be submitted by the relevant submission deadline in order to be considered for the below interview dates.

Interview Dates: 

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible; all published interview rounds will only proceed subject to the availability of places.

  • Thursday, 8 December 2023 (Submission Deadline: Monday, 20 November 2023)
  • Thursday, 8 February 2024 (Submission Deadline: Monday, 22 January 2024)
  • Thursday, 21 March 2024 (Submission Deadline: Monday, 4 March 2024)
  • Thursday, 9 May 2024 (Submission Deadline: Monday, 15 April 2024)
  • Thursday, 6 June 2024

Please note that candidates who are moved to 'interview' status will be contacted one week in advance of the above interview dates, e.g. For interviews on March 21st students will receive details w/c 11th March

Curricular information is subject to change

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This programme is aimed at students who wish to develop a career in architecture. It is a national and international professionally accredited academic programme that will equip graduates to work worldwide in architectural design and in creative and research practice.  We encourage and support students to be active, motivated and autonomous learners, who have a critical and reflective approach to architectural design, practice and research. 



This studio and lecture based programme, led by academics and practitioners at the forefront of the discipline, aims to provide an engaging, exciting and innovative learning environment that encourages students to develop their individual professional capacities while placing equal emphasis on research and critical enquiry.  We do this through design projects, academic writing, technological and constructional investigations and practical experiments, valuing innovation, investigation and original creative work underpinned by a due regard for rigor, depth and precision. Students are provided with a firm foundation in advanced methodologies and skills and develop a close familiarity with the broader disciplinary, regulatory and societal frameworks within which professionals must operate. 



The programme uses teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as individual and group design projects, live-projects, case students, scenario-based learning and written research and dissertations. Each has a focus on individual development and reflective learning, while developing effective group-work, written, verbal and visual communication and presentation skills


1 - On successful completion of the programme students should be able to: Embed in their visual and written work evidence of their ability to use conceptual and critical thinking and know the appropriate use of both.
2 - Use analogue and digital methods of visual communication, drawing, presentation, model making, and show judgment in utilising such methods appropriately in order to achieve their design intentions and ambitions
3 - Communicate and present their design and research questions and the knowledge and rationale underpinning their conclusions at public fora to professional and non-professional audiences, clearly and unambiguously
4 - Act competently and independently and have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information, and to reflect on wider professional issues.
5 - Evidence an informed and independent view of the role of the architect and the value of architecture to society, communicate and articulate the potential of architecture with regard to quality of life, environmental performance and climate change, health and well-being, economy etc
6 - Integrate their knowledge of specialized research methods in architecture into their work and be capable of using such methods with rigour, depth and precision to understand, evaluate, and analyse scenarios in architectural theory, design and assembly.
7 - Embed in their own work their knowledge of the regulatory and building control policy framework that underpins and influences practice and, be aware of the impact of such frameworks on current and future practice.
8 - Utilise a range of investigative and design skills, showing in their work their ability to use the appropriate skill at the appropriate stage and an ability to synthesise knowledge to achieve original and excellent design outcomes.
9 - Articulate their knowledge of local and global architectural history and precedent and have explicit in their work the ability to use such knowledge to inform future design and research work.
10 - Understand structural, environmental, envelope, services and life-saving systems to the extent that the student can clearly evidence their ability to synthesise these within a comprehensive building design programme.
11 - Apply their knowledge and problem solving abilities to the design of an architectural project in response to functional brief and site conditions, including an understanding of social and physical contexts and show this in visual and written documents.
Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
ARCT40010 Design Technologies I Autumn 5
ARCT40020 Research & Innovation in the Designed Environment Autumn 5
ARCT41120 Architectural Design VII - Comprehensive Design Studio Autumn 15
ARCT40050 Architectural Design VIII Spring 15
ARCT40080 Research and Innovation in the Designed Environment II Spring 5
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)1OF:
TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS: Important - All students must select 1x TECHNOLOGY OPTION Module. HOWEVER, Students going out on Exchange programmes in the Autumn Trimester MUST take ARCT40870 Agency: Design / Build as their Technology Option in the Spring Trimester.
     
ARCT40870 Agency: Design / Build Spring 5
ARCT40970 Irish Timber & Sustainability Spring 5
Stage 1 Options - A)1OF:
TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS: Important - All students must select 1x TECHNOLOGY OPTION Module. HOWEVER, Students going out on Exchange programmes in the Autumn Trimester MUST take ARCT40870 Agency: Design / Build as their Technology Option in the Spring Trimester.
     
Stage 1 Options - B)2OF:
GENERAL OPTIONS: Students must select 2x GENERAL OPTION Modules, ONE in EACH Trimester, from the list of General Options below:
     
ARCT40030 Realising Built Projects Autumn 5
ARCT40170 Conservation History, Theory and Policy Autumn 5
ARCT40660 Street Life: Urban Design, an Introduction Autumn 5
ARCT41210 Architecture in a Climate Emergency Autumn 5
PLAN40030 Planning, Society and Diversity Autumn 5
ARCT40180 Urban Design Theory (UDT) Spring 5
ARCT41240 Urban Resilience and Ethics Spring 5
Stage 1 Options - B)2OF:
GENERAL OPTIONS: Students must select 2x GENERAL OPTION Modules, ONE in EACH Trimester, from the list of General Options below:
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
ARCT41130 Reflective Portfolio Module 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 5
ARCT41300 Major Research Essay 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 10
ARCT40190 Professional Studies II Autumn 5
ARCT41190 Design Thesis 1 Autumn 15
ARCT41180 Design Thesis 2 Spring 25
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
See the UCD Assessment website for further details

Module Weighting Info  
  Award GPA
Programme Module Weightings Rule Description Description >= <=
MTARCH001 Stage 2 - 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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