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:

Course Duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Course Summary

The BSc (Honours) Degree in Architecture is jointly offered by Munster Technological University (MTU) Cork and University College Cork (UCC). It is housed in the Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Douglas Street, Cork city.

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*.

*Irish is a requirements for this programme unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

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



Further Study Courses

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.

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Recorded November 2021



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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

CK606 Course Location: Cork Centre for Architecural Education (CCAE), Douglas Street, Cork.

The BSc (Honours) Degree in Architecture is jointly offered by Munster Technological University (MTU) 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. In addition to learning drawing skills, students will be expected to become proficient in photography, model-making and digital representation of architecture.


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


Field trips: Students will be expected to participate in class field trips, visiting project sites, and also study trips to Irish and other European cities.


There will be a cost of approximately €300 in year 1 for a materials pack. You should also allow €300 for modelmaking costs and €400 per annum for field trips plus spending money.


The CCAE has Erasmus links with colleges in Estonia, Austria and Italy.


This exciting and innovative Honours Degree programme has been designed in response to the guidelines of the UNESCO/UIA Charter for Architectural Education, the European Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) relating to the Architectural Profession, and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Education Policy.


Combined with the Master of Architecture, it is accredited by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. Together with two years' work experience in an architect's office and a Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice, and practical 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 Master of Architecture programme.


Question Time  

How is my time split between MTU and UCC?
This is a joint programme between MTU and UCC. It is housed in the Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Douglas Street, Cork. This building houses state-of-the-art technology, including IT, workshop space, and 3D laser cutting machines.


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


What kind of skills do I need?
The architectural programme requires a broad set of skills. An artistic ability will be important although the design studio work will help develop this. You need to be a creative, innovative, logical, critical thinker… think outside the box! A good grasp of maths, English and a science-based subject would also be useful.


Must I submit a portfolio?

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.

Full Module descriptor is available here


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 architectural design, urban design, technology, architectural conservation, and computer-based modelling.


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:

Entry 2021: 543

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Joe Harrington
021 4335460

Gerry McCarthy, Cork Centre for Architectural Education
021 4298401

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