This 30-credit postgraduate course is designed to allow existing architecture graduates to deepen their knowledge in a key area of architectural research, with a view to becoming more agile in the ever-expanding world of practice. As the profession continues to develop outside its traditional role, this programme emphasises skillsets that allow the student to move betwen the traditional design office and other forms of collaborative, participatory, research-oriented and communication-oriented work.
Typically, students develop their studies around an architectural research interest, derived from previous studies or other relevant experience, which they propose and agree with the teaching team. The programme allows students to familiarise themselves with the current discourse in their field of interest and to adopt an appropriate research approach. In this, they are supported by regular meetings with individual supervisors and periodic additional feedback from the teaching team.
The main research module is complemented by two modules. Research Methods is an introduction to contemporary and emerging paradigms of research in architecture, as well as to the skills of academic writing and research. Research Studies provides practical research support for students through thematic seminar group discussion. Each of these modules has dedicated outputs.
The main output of the course is typically a written and illustrated design dissertation on the research project. The School also welcomes proposals to work in other appropriate and agreed media with the potential to disseminate the research and its findings to a wider audience. Examples of these media might include drawing, still/moving image, models, prototypes, books, websites, exhibition material and conference material.
The programme is typically delivered over two semesters on a part-time basis. Applications should have completed a five year course of undergraduate study in architecture, and obtained a B Arch, or equivalent. For further information on application, entry requirements, assessment, hours, ECT credits, fees and fee support, please click here
This postgraduate course equips students to extend their architectural practice in the modes of design, research and education.
Graduates of the Masters of Architecture (Advanced Entry) programme may progress to PhD research, or to the Professional Diploma in Architectural practice (DT119 PDAP), which leads to registration as an architect.
The School has many links with industry and professional organisations including the RIAI, the AAI, architecture practices, and public sector bodies such as the OPW and DCC.