UCC Undergraduate courses

Architecture (Joint Programme with MTU)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Architecture (Joint Programme with MTU)

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in Maths. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2022: 544

  • CAO Points Range


Course Outline

This challenging and engaging Architecture programme includes technology and cultural/contextual modules, and has a strong focus on learning through activities in the design studio. The Architecture degree is delivered by the Cork Centre for Architectural Education in Cork city, a collaboration between UCC and the Munster Technological University.

The Architecture 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 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.


All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Modules:

Year 2 Modules:

Design Studio;  Construction, Materials and Structures;  History and Theory of Architecture; Environmental Design;  Applied Technology Studio

Year 3 Modules:

Design Studio;  Conservation;  Applied Technology Studio;  Environmental Design;  History and Theory of Architecture;  Landscape

Year 4 Modules:

Design Studio;  Dissertation;  Architectural Technology;  Professional Practice and Management.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture/lab/practical hours: Students participate in formal lecture and seminars, and design studio tutorials and reviews. This normally requires attendance five days per week.

Much is learned from interactions with other students as well as from the academic staff and the architectural practitioner associates. Hence there is an expectation that the workstation facilities provided are made use of, between the formal series of lectures and seminars.

In addition to learning drawing skills, students will be expected to become proficient in photography, model-making and digital representation of architecture, and to

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.  

**Every student is allocated with a generously sized work station with locker, shelves and a worktop large enough to accomodate an A1 drawing board plus an A1 space for other materials. Teaching and Learning occurs through tutorials delivered at the drawing board, and through design reviews, when all student design work is publically displayed and discussed, at the end of each design project. 

There will be a cost of approximately €300 in year 1 for a materials pack. 

You should also allow €300 for model-making costs and €400 per annum for field trips plus spending money.

Why Choose This Course

The great opportunities I’ve been afforded are entirely attributable to the skill set and extensive academic support I received at CCAE.

Dermot Horgan


Find Out More

This exciting and innovative honours degree course in architecture has been developed with the support of the local architectural profession and in consultation with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

Placement or Study Abroad Information

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

Skills and Careers Information

The study of architecture provides opportunities to develop a wide range of transferable skills. Graduates of this course will have had rich experience of working in teams, working to deadlines, developing abilities in verbal and graphic communication and, most importantly, skills in creativity, design and innovation — the essential ingredients of success in the contemporary economy.

Architecture itself provides exciting and widely varied career opportunities. You 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.

You may work individually or as part of team, in private practice, or in the architectural section of a commercial organisation, a government department or local authority.


Leaving Certificate entry requirements: 

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7


Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Portfolio (in two parts) to be submitted in April. Part 1 – CV; Part 2 – not more than 8 A3 or A4 pages, which might include sketches, paintings, illustrations, photography and photographs of original 3D works.  There are approximately 2 mature places available.

Other qualifications: EU/EFTA/UK students presenting an alternative school-leaving qualification (e.g. A-levels or International Baccalaureate) or QQI/FE course should visit our EU/EFTA/UK Applicants pages for further information. 

International (non-EU) Students should visit the International Education website.

Direct Entry to Year 4 of the Joint UCC/MTU BSc (Hons) Architecture programme:

Applicants who hold a Level 7 or Level 8 Architecture qualification may apply for direct entry to Year 4 of the UCC/MTU BSc (Hons) Architecture programme. Please note that Interior Architecture and Architectural Technology qualifications will not be considered eligible for application to this entry route.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such appicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page and refer to our International Office page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2022/23 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €138.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry. 

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Find out about the mature entry requirements here

EU Applicants

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over)

All interested mature applicants must make an application through the Central Applications Office (CAO). See the CAO Mature Applicants and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) pages. Visit our Mature Student Entry page for more information.


See our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)/Further Education and Training (FET) application process.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information.

All Applicants

Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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