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Master of Architecture


Course Description

This two year programme fulfils the requirements for the second part of professional education in architecture (RIBA and RIAI Part II exempt). It equips students to deal with complex design problems in challenging contexts. Through studio projects, academic writing and practical experiment it develops professional capacities while placing equal emphasis on research and critical enquiry. It situates architecture within a broader field of disciplines and influences. The programme is led by academics and practitioners at the forefront of the discipline. It encourages students to participate in and lead the development of a vital and critical culture of architecture.

Who is the Master of Architecture for?
Applicants will usually have a Bachelors level Architecture Degree or another approved equivalent degree with a minimum of 6 semesters of architectural education.

Advanced Entry To Year Two
Applicants who hold a UCD Bachelor of Architecture Degree or an approved equivalent Degree awarded from another institution can apply to enter Year Two of the MArch Degree Programme and successful candidates may apply for further module exemptions. All applicants who gain entry to Year Two must complete a minimum of 30 credits.

What will I learn?
You will learn:
*To perform to a high level as an architect in a professional setting.
*To devise and develop creative solutions to complex problems.
*To engage through architecture with contemporary societal and environmental issues.
*To establish a considered and critical position within the discipline of architecture.
*Acquire skills in representation, recording, analysis, research, communication and dissemination.
*To work in teams and with related disciplines.

How will I benefit?
* The Level 9 qualification is in line with leading programmes worldwide.
* The level of teaching support and the amount of small-group teaching engenders an extremely strong ethos and culture in the programme.
* The school shows a strong commitment to the continuing vitality and validity of architecture in contemporary contexts.

What is the programme about?
In this MArch programme, the emphasis on innovation, investigation and original creative work will be underpinned by a due regard for rigour, depth, precision, by a firm foundation in advanced methodologies and skills, and by a close familiarity with the broader disciplinary, regulatory and societal frameworks within which professionals must operate.

Programme Highlights
*Staff-student ratios – individual and small group teaching
*Intensive teaching
*Relating teaching, practice, research
*Tapping into tradition and strengths of the school
*Interdisciplinary and interinstitutional electives and option modules
*Opportunities to develop knowledge in specialised areas such as conservation, planning, building performance.

Career Opportunities
The MArch qualification is RIAI and RIBA accredited and will equip graduates to work in architecture anywhere across the world, whether in major global centres or in particular regional contexts. Graduates will become involved in architectural practice and in other forms of professional creative practice, as well as in areas of policy and consultancy. Many graduates also go on to further postgraduate study, in UCD and elsewhere.

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Entry Requirements

External Applicants – usually a minimum Degree Award of 2H1/GPA 3.08 (or equivalent) in a Bachelors level Architecture Degree or another approved equivalent degree with a minimum of 6 semesters of architectural education.Advanced Entry To Year Two - Applicants who hold a UCD Bachelor of Architecture Degree or an approved equivalent Degree awarded from another institution can apply to enter Year Two of the MArch Degree Programme and successful candidates may apply for further module exemptions. All applicants who gain entry to Year Two must complete a minimum of 30 credits.

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