Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN100
CAO Points Range 2017: 486
Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc) (Hons) + 2 Years (MArch)
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: We are the only college in Ireland with dual accreditation from both RIAI & RIBA and we are actively pursuing accreditation from the USA Body 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:

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-semester written examinations is used. In your final year, you’ll also submit a report of your design research project.

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International Study Opportunities

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 have been fascinated by architecture since I was a teenager. It started when I learned to draw in Technical Graphics class in school, and from my first day in UCD I knew I had made the right choice. A typical day is spent in studio where you and your classmates learn the skills to analyse, design, present and critique a design project. Your tutors are practicing architects and academics, whose intellectual and professional knowledge is supported by a lecture series in history, structures, graphic design, 3D modelling etc. After I graduated from UCD I felt I had the skills, confidence and encouragement to take a risk. I moved to Germany, where I now work for Sauerbruch Hutton Architects in the centre of Berlin.”
Jennifer O’Donnell, Graduate

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