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Architecture (M.Arch)

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  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

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  • Type of Study:

    Full time

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Course duration:

1 Year (3 Semesters, September to August)

Admission Requirements:

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

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


(b) *Holders of BA/BSc (Hons) Architecture degree 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.

*Note: 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 Cork Centre for Architectural Education.



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

Course Fee

  • 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE €6,500. The course involves an overseas field trip in teaching period 1. The cost of this is additional to overall course. In 2016/2017 the field trip was approximately €450 in total (flights and accommodation).

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  • 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.


The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) Degree is jointly offered by  Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and University College Cork (UCC) as part of the Cork Centre for Architectural Education

Students who successfully complete the BSc (Honours) in Architecture programme to a satisfactory level will be eligible to enter the 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 and practice as an architect.

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


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.

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

Design Project (30 ECTS)

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


EU Applicants - please email Jason O'Shaughnessy E:

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

Jason O'Shaughnessy
+353 21 433 5970