Architecture (M.Arch)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    See dates at

Course Duration:

1 Year (3 Semesters, September to August)

Admission Requirements:

Candidates must meet the following criteria

(a) Hold a BA/BSc (Hons) in Architecture, awarded on the equivalent of not less than 240 ECTS credits, from an accredited Architecture Programme, passed at Second Class Honours Grade II (2:2) or higher;


(b) *Holders of BA/BSc (Hons) in Architecture with less than Second Class Honours Grade II (2:2) PLUS a period of work-based learning presented in the form of a portfolio of a standard equivalent to, or higher than, Second Class Honours Grade II (2:2).


*Note 1: In addition to the minimum criteria, all applicants are required to submit a portfolio of architectural design work to be evaluated by at least two of the following: Centre Director, Associate Director and Programme Coordinator or their nominees who will assess the suitability of the candidate for the Cork Centre for Architectural Education Master of Architecture Course. Candidates may be called for interview. Admission to the programme will be subject to the approval of the CCAE.


Note 2: Students with an Undergraduate Degree from an accredited Architecture Programme (comprising 3 years, or not less than 180 ECTS) can apply for Direct Entry to Year 4 of the BSc (Hons) in Architecture at CCAE. Where they achieve an award of Second Class Honours Grade II (2:2) or above subsequently, they will qualify for entry to the M.Arch Course.


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Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Douglas Street, Cork T23 AD7R

Course Fee

  • 2021/2022
    EU Applicants fee €6,630*
    Non-EU Applicants: €22,130*

    *The course involves an overseas field trip which incurs an additional costing of approximately €450 (flights and accommodation).

  • Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
    The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.

  • Deposits
    If your course requires a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

    EU student fee payment
    Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

    International student fee payment
    Fees for Non-EU students are payable in one instalment in August.

    How can I pay?
    By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

    If you have any questions on fee payment please email Fees Office at .


The Master of Architecture Degree is a joint course between Munster Technological University (MTU) and University College Cork (UCC) and operates in full-time mode over 12 months. 


The course has been designed to provide a qualification in architecture under Article 46 of Directive 2005/36/EC, the Building Control Act 2007 and is required by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) before starting a minimum period of post-qualification, supervised practical experience in preparation for the RIAI Examination in Professional Practice, Registration, and/or RIAI Membership.


The established philosophy of CCAE is defined by a commitment to excellence in design, and consideration of wider cultural and theoretical phenomena. This framework is extended into the Masters Programme, where students will pose certain questions on the spaces and cities we inhabit, through a process of critical questioning and the dual acts of text and assemblage. Central to enabling these investigations and explorations - will be the series of prominent academics and architectural practitioners contributing to this programme. With their involvement, you will be encouraged to participate in a challenging academic environment. You will be required to address problematic and uncertain questions raised by changes in contemporary society, and aim to provide convincing new and innovative design propositions that suggest how we might operate in such evolving environments.


On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Analyse the context for an architectural project and select the most appropriate factors, whether they be occupant studies, functional requirements, socio-cultural, historical, landscape and/or economic issues on which to base an architectural response;
  • Select and rigorously analyse appropriate technological precedents to inform the development of a technological framework for the major design project;
  • Synthesise architectural solutions to identified design problems, with a high level of skill and inventiveness;
  • Plan and implement an independent programme of work to generate designs and reports related to those designs;
  • Design with respect to regulatory constraints and official guidelines.


Accreditation by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland has been awarded to the combined 4-year BSc (Honours) in Architecture plus the 1-year Master of Architecture.

To gain accreditation by the RIAI and register as a professional architect, graduates of this programme must also hold a Master of Architecture along with a Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice and carry out two years' work experience in an architect's office. Registration provides for legal protection of the title of "Architect", as required by the Irish Building Control Act 2007. 



No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours week: 10 - 15
Which days: Variable
Duration: Three semesters

All modules are 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

Please click here for book of modules

AT6011 Design Research: Cultures and Context
AT6012 Design Research: Technology Transformations
AT6013 Design Research Studio: Investigation and Formation (20 ECTS)

AT6014 Design Project (30 ECTS)

AT6015 Exhibition Design and Implementation (15 ECTS)
AT6016 Documentation and Dissemination of Design and Design Process (15 ECTS)

On graduating, you will have the ability to think critically about architecture. You will be able to form studies involving advanced spatial analysis and develop an innovative architectural design. You will also be able to apply an international context when designing. These are supported by your representational skills, including advanced analogue and digital media skills including 2D and 3D CAD and 3D Studio Max, and sophisticated model-making skills. Our graduates are highly sought for this range of expertise.


Many opportunities exist for our graduates both in Ireland and abroad, not only in the field of architecture, but also in other related spatial practices and disciplines, such as film, new media, and exhibition design. The way in which students investigate and develop their design thesis project also means that they are aware of the requirements of postgraduate research, and may choose to pursue available doctoral studies through a Ph.D. by Creative Practice.


EU Applicants -           Apply Online >>
Closing date link  




Non-EU Applicants -  Apply >>
Deadline 30th June         




All correspondence by e-mail should be titled ‘Master of Architecture query’ and sent to:

Dr Jason O’Shaughnessy
MArch Programme Coordinator
Cork Centre for Architectural Education
Douglas Street,
T12 AD7R


Dr Jason O'Shaughnessy
+353 21 433 5970

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