Taught course


Ulster University · Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate architecture degree giving exemption from the RIBA/ARB Part 1.

Applicants must hold a degree with at least 2:2 honours or equivalent.

Applicants should demonstrate a critical awareness of the profession and the discipline of architecture. Such is typically demonstrated (but not exclusively) through experience in architectural practice in accordance with RIBA/ARB regulations for practical training.

Applicants will be asked to submit an architectural design portfolio to support their application and may be invited for interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master in Architecture is delivered as an inter-linked series of studio projects and related studies that lead you towards your final year design thesis. The projects run on a Vertical Studio structure across two semesters also known as the SuperStudio. The Vertical Studio approach is one in which all students are taught together across all year groups in distinctly themed Studios. The resulting cross-cohort model replicates the dynamics, opportunities and challenges inherent in an architectural practice.

The MArch explores architecture that responds to the complex and changing context of architecture and urbanism and the transformations taking place in current society.

The course team of academics, historians, practitioners, advisors, artists and researchers are committed to understanding and documenting our existing built heritage while proposing imaginative and alternative futures in both the urban and rural context that are socially and ecologically responsible.

An important part of this is to address the wider issues facing the profession and in providing a forum to investigate, challenge preconceptions, explore and fully engage the role of the architect in society.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MArch
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Martina Murphy