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 2021: 553
Length of Course: 3 Years BSc (Architectural Science)(Hons)(NFQ Level 8) + 2 Years (MArch)(NFQ Level 9) or 4 Years BArchSc (Hons)(NFQ Level 8)
Average Intake: 57

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: UCD Architecture is the only college in Ireland with professional accreditation/ international certification 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)
  • Architecture, Urbanism & Climate Action
  • Landscape Architecture (taught)

What Will I Study

There are two main elements to the Architecture course – project work (design, drawing and model making) and the lecture programmes (historical and theoretical material). Project work is taught in the architecture design studios through a combination of lectures, individual tuition, field trips, group tutorials, large reviews and exhibitions.

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.

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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 chose architecture because I could express many of my interests in one course. Architecture is an amalgamation of art and design, engineering, history and construction. The skills I have learnt throughout this course will let me move forward in architecture or I can transfer my knowledge and skills to other areas in design, history or construction. Studying architecture, especially in UCD has helped me gain confidence in my work, especially under the guidance of qualified tutors that are all practicing architects, recognised nationally and internationally for their work. UCD has also been a great place to study, being able to try out new sports that have proven a good outlet for stress and a way to make new friends.”

Li Lu Savage, Student

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