Course Information

BSc (Architectural Science) (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) & MArch (NFQ Level 9) or BArchSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN100
CAO Points Range 2020: 510
Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc)(Hons) + 2 Years (MArch) or 4 Years BArchSc (Hons)
Average Intake: 54

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a third language and two other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

UCD Architecture is at the forefront of architectural and urban design, both in Ireland and internationally. It plays a central role in society, leading innovation and development on every scale. The Architecture course at UCD offers a means to engage creatively and constructively with society. If you have a capacity and passion for creativity, for making things through technological invention or artistic experimentation, and you’re excited by the idea of designing buildings, urban environments and landscapes, then this course is for you. The design process is central to Architecture, harnessing the mind’s analytical and creative powers to produce innovative solutions to everyday and future challenges.

Key Fact: We are the only college in Ireland with professional accreditation/substantial equivalency from RIAI, RIBA & NAAB.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Most architectural graduates go into architectural practice or on to further academic study in architecture or related subjects.

Your skills are transferable, which enables you to work anywhere in the world. Some architects also work in other areas such as:

  • Planning
  • Heritage site management
  • Landscape
  • Cultural and artistic practice
  • Curatorial work

UCD Architecture offers a wide range of taught Master’s, research Master’s and Doctorate programmes, including:

  • Urban Design (research)
  • Conservation & Heritage (research)
  • Regional and Urban Planning (taught)
  • Urban Design & Planning (taught)
  • Irish and European Landscape & Urbanisation (research)
  • History & Theory of Architecture (PhD)
  • Planning, Development & Urban Design (taught)
  • Landscape Architecture (taught)

What Will I Study

Throughout this degree, two main elements are taught each year: the design project and the lecture programme. The design project is based in our design studios and taught through a combination of lectures, individual tuition, field trips, group tutorials, large reviews and exhibitions (architectural design, drawing and model making).

The lecture programme can be grouped under three broad headings:


  • Architectural Technologies
  • Structures
  • Environmental Science


  • Architectural History & Theory
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Perspectives on Architecture


  • Professional Studies

A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-trimester written examinations is used. In your final year, you’ll also submit a report of your design research project.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

You may be interested in the following blog posts: Interested in studying architecture in UCD? & An insight into the life of an Architect student

International Study Opportunities

UCD Architecture has a very extensive list of 30+ partners in Europe and worldwide, opportunities to date have included:

  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • Kungl Tekniska Hogskolen Stockholm, Sweden
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • National University of Singapore
  • Technische Universität München, Germany
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA


“I found UCD’s school of Architecture to be a unique educational environment. There exists a freedom of experimentation, an encouragement to question, to develop independent thinking and to ultimately resolve multi-faceted design issues.

The key to its success is its tutors and staff; award winning practicing professionals and academics that provide real insight, experience and knowledge in both the practical and theoretical realms of Architecture.

Going on to do the Masters in Architecture in UCD provided me with a variety of perspectives and tools to tackle the challenging and diverse nature of Architecture; skills that ultimately gave me the confidence to set up my own practice soon after graduating.”

-John Nolan, Graduate

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