About This Course
Architecture (Joint Programme with CIT)
1 year Full-time
EU Fees 2019
€6,500 plus an additional approximate fee of €450 for an overseas field trip
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2019
€22,000 plus an additional approximate fee of €450 for an overseas field trip
See Requirements for full details.
Late applications currently being accepted.
Non-EU Closing Date
15th June 2019
9 September 2019
The Master of Architecture Degree is a joint course between University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology and operates as a full-time course extending 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 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.
During your study, you will be introduced to a diverse Programme, approached through creativity and scholarship, and where there will be significant opportunities to anticipate, speculate upon, and define new possibilities in the field of architecture. The established academic infrastructure and philosophy of CCAE are 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. You will be encouraged to participate in a stimulating academic environment. You will be required to address the wider problematics that are raised by changes in contemporary society and provide clues as to how architecture might operate in such an environment.
The course will consider the complex conditions and multiplicities of the contemporary city. We will speculate on the patterns of organisation, the accretion of historical strata, and the network of infrastructural connections, political and economic frameworks that define the twenty-first-century city. Our aim is to form architectural scenarios based on sets of contextual (mnemonic) outputs that bear witness to these strands of development, whilst at the same time defining something new, unexpected and ultimately challenging.
The course is intelligently paced and driven by a thematic framework. You will acquire a comprehensive set of skills that will help you to understand the role of the architect in shaping the modern city.
The course is arranged over three teaching periods during the academic year (September to September). You will take modules to the value of 90 credits. The MSc is made up of a range of 5, 15, 20 and 30 credit modules. Each of the taught modules will be examined by continuous assessment. The pass standard for passing each module is 50%.
Further information on the modules taken can be found on our postgraduate calendar
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Each year we will adopt and visit a major European city. Specific scenarios or narratives for investigating these cities will be established at the beginning of each year and will be explored under the direction of full-time academic staff, with contributions from practicing architects, guest critics and other contributors.
Full details of regulations governing examinations for each module can be found in the UCC Book of Modules, 2017/2018.
The course will be led by Jason O’Shaughnessy, the MSc Architecture course leader, along with other core academic staff from CCAE. A number of international contributors, guest critics and lecturers will also be involved throughout the various teaching periods.
Why Choose This Course
This course encourages a distinctive, design-based culture through the development of the conceptual and innovative design. This is achieved by a combination of technical explorations, finding new trajectories in design, and forming programs for advanced spatial analysis. The year will begin with an introduction of the city of study, the theme and range of interests for that year. The wider theoretical concerns of the course are then tested and elaborated through an intensive period of fieldwork study in the selected city.
UCC/CIT MArch students awarded 2015 European Architectural Medal, Best Diploma Projects, Prize for Innovation (Problem Solving)
UCC/CIT Architecture (MA) students Kieran Cremin and Eoghan Horgan's project "Entangled City" was awarded a European Architectural Medal in Architecture (Prize for Innovation) in December 2015.
"This prize is a fitting and well-deserved acknowledgement of our student talent and their incredible work ethic; all of which, well hidden behind modest exteriors" (Jason O’Shaughnessy, Master of Architecture Course Director).
The project addresses the cultural dissonance between Prague’s history and present-day tourist industry. You can view the full project and the Jury comments at this link https://eam.uauim.ro/projects/2015/22/
Well done also to our student Aisling Byrne who was also shortlisted for the European Architectural Medals 'Best Diploma Project'. You can view Aisling's project here https://eam.uauim.ro/projects/2015/18/
European Architectural Medals - Best Diploma Projects is an annual European competition that awards excellence in crossing the threshold from education to profession. The competition is organised by:
- University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu (UAUIM)
- European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE)
- The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)
Find out more here
Skills and Careers Information
On graduating from the course 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.
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. Please see MArch Portfolio Guidance Sheet (39kB). Candidates may be called for interview.
Admission to the programme will be subject to the approval of the Cork Centre for Architectural Education.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,500 plus an additional approximate fee of €450 for an overseas field trip.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €22,000 plus an additional approximate fee of €450 for an overseas field trip.
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
If your course required 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 our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The course involves an overseas field trip in teaching period 1. The cost of this is additional to overall course in 2016/2017 was approximately €450 in total including flights and accommodation.
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Supplementary Application Submissions
- All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of architectural design works. This should be submitted directly to Cork Centre for Architecture or uploaded directly with your online application. For those submitting a hardcopy portfolio, please identify this submission with the following description, ‘Master of Architecture- Portfolio Submission’ and send this for the attention of Jason O’Shaughnessy, MArch Programme Director, Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC/CIT), 9-10 Copley Street, Cork, T12 FX25. Ireland. Please see MArch Portfolio Guidance Sheet (39kB) for further information on the requirements of this portfolio.
- All applicants are asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this Programme. This form is available to view here MArch Supplementary Questions.
- For applicants who have received less than a 2H2 in their Undergraduate Degree, and those from another Accredited Programmes (i.e students who haven’t completed their degree through CIT/UCC)- you will be required to submit two reference reports with your application. Please click the following link for a template of this reference form.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June 2019Apply Now