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Architecture (BSc Honours)

  • Course Code

    CK 606

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Full-time course duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects

The six subjects must include Mathematics, English and Irish.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Most helpful subjects are: Art, Mathematics, English, Design and Communication Graphics, and a Science subject.

Course summary

The BSc (Honours) Degree in Architecture is jointly offered by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and University College Cork (UCC).



Further Study Courses

Students who successfully complete the BSc (Honours) in Architecture programme to a satisfactory level will be eligible to enter a Masters of Architecture programme, which together with a Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice and Practical Experience, will provide the overall education programme geared towards professional accreditation.


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What is Architecture?

Architecture explores new ways of living, investigates new technologies and materials, and strives to ensure that new buildings, towns and landscapes are environmentally sustainable. Architecture combines art, science and technology in the design and construction of buildings and their surroundings within a socio-cultural context. Architects engage themselves in all aspects and stages of the architectural process from design, through planning, to construction and management. They are involved in projects of a diverse nature, including the design of domestic, retail, leisure, health, commercial, industrial and educational buildings, towns and urban landscapes.

About the Course

Location: Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Copley Street, Cork.

The BSc (Honours) Degree in Architecture is jointly offered by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and University College Cork (UCC).

This is a studio and project-led course integrating the three pillars of architectural education; design, technology and the humanities. The first year of study provides a foundation in design and the built environment, appropriate to both the discipline of architecture and associated design courses.

The following years of study will become progressively more architecturally focused whilst still allowing and encouraging experimentation and research into associated disciplines as well as developing transferrable skills in communication, team working, computer aided design and management.

This exciting and innovative Honours Degree programme has been developed with the support of the local architectural profession and in consultation with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).


Combined with the Master of Architecture, it is accredited by the RIAI. Together with two years' work experience in an architect's office and a Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice and Experience, this will allow you to register as a professional architect.

Registration provides for legal protection of the title of "Architect", as required by the Irish Building Control Act 2007.

Further Studies


Suitably qualified graduates will be eligible to enter a Master of Architecture programme, which together with a Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice and Practical Experience, will provide the overall education programme geared towards professional accreditation.

Question Time  

How is my time split between CIT and UCC?
This is a joint programme between CIT and UCC. The majority of lectures, practicals and studio work are held in the Cork Centre for Architectural Education in Copley Street, Cork City. 

How much of my time is devoted to studio and project work?
50% is devoted to studio.

What kind of personal skills do I need?
You need to be a creative, innovative, logical, critical thinker… think outside the box!

What is the difference between Architectural Technology and Architecture?
Architectural Technology can be described as technical design of the building while Architecture focuses on the creative aspects of spatial and aesthetic design in the total building.

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First Year Modules at a Glance

  • Design Studio: basic design project and sketchbooks involving individual and group work; basic graphic techniques; sketching and painting; pencil drawing to scale; freehand drawing; model-making; and photography
  • Construction, Materials and Structures: introduction to the basic principles which are pertinent to the issues of building construction and materials, structural design and analysis for architecture
  • Applied Technology Studio: preparation of technical drawings and models; design of components for simple building types; options for construction and detailing of simple building types; modelling and testing the behaviour of simple structural members subjected to forces
  • History and Theory of Architecture: examines the spatial, formal and structural components of key buildings from Ancient Greece through the Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic periods to the Renaissance, reflecting on how these responded to the cultures and societies in which they were produced

The study of Architecture provides opportunities to develop a wide range of transferrable skills. Graduates will have had rich experience of working in teams, working to deadlines, developing abilities in verbal and graphic communication and most importantly, skills in creativitiy, design and innovation - the essential ingredients of success in the contemporary economy.

Architecture itself provides exciting and widely varied career opportunities. Graduates may specialise in certain types of buildings, or concentrate on a particular area such as design, technology, architectural conservation or project management. Graduates may work as part of a team in private practice, or in the architectural section of a commercial organisation or a Government Department or Local Authority.

Potential Areas of Employment
• Private Practice
• Commercial
• Government Organisation
• Local Authority

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

CAO 1st Round:


CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Katherine Keane, Cork Institute of Technology
021 4335970

Gerry McCarthy, Cork Centre for Architectural Education
021 4298401