Program Overview

The programme aims to afford advanced experience, knowledge, and training to fulfil, in part, the onerous and challenging roles, duties and responsibilities associated with a range of Built Environment Regulations in the Irish Construction Industry.


This master's degree programme is designed for a multidisciplinary cohort across the built environment disciplines e.g. Architecture, Engineering, Building Surveying, Architectural Technology, and Construction Management, among others.


A multi-disciplinary cohort will be beneficial to the master's degree programme as it will provide a cross-pollination of ideas, shared experiences and appreciation for each other’s roles and responsibilities in the Built Environment.


The master's degree programme is designed to meet the postgraduate and continuing professional development needs of these disciplines, to develop their competence in these areas by facilitating knowledge gained through training and applied experience. It will be particularly beneficial to new entrant graduates who have recently entered the work force in the last one to three years.


It will also be beneficial to lifelong learners and more experienced professionals as Continuing Professional Development, up-skilling, retraining, and as a refresher course. Furthermore, the programme can be undertaken on a module-by-module basis, if so desired, by accumulating credits. Alternatively, a programme of shorter duration can be commenced, with the view to continuing to complete the full Master’s degree programme at some point in the future. This flexibility is designed to accommodate an adult working population.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee





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Year 1
Introduction to Legislation for the Built Environment

Structures (Part A, C, D, Eurocodes, and Circular Economy)

Energy Conservation (Part L, F, J, C, D, Sustainability, and Circular Economy)

Fire Safety (Part B Dwelling Houses)

Services (Part E, F, G, H, J and D)

Access and Use (Part M, B, K, DAC, Universal Design)

Fire Safety (Part B Buildings Other than Dwelling Houses, and FSC)

Built Environment Research

Built Environment Thesis

Candidates must hold a cognate level 8 Bachelor (Hons) degree with a minimum grade classification of H2.2 or equivalent, in an appropriate Built Environment undergraduate programme or equivalent. Candidates who do not meet the H2.2 performance standard in a Level 8 award will be required to pass a qualifying assignment at an H2.2 performance standard as established by the Programme Board for the programme in question and as approved by the Registrar.


In accordance with ATU policy recognition of prior learning can be used to gain access to or exemption from this programme.  ATU Galway City is committed to the principles of transparency, equity, and fairness in recognition of prior learning (RPL) and to the principle of valuing all learning regardless of the mode or place of its acquisition. Recognition of Prior Learning may be used to:

  • Gain access or advanced entry to a programme at Stage 2 or higher, subject to available places. (Stage 1 entry through CAO)
  • Gain credits and exemptions from programme modules after admission
  • In award years RPL will be considered, to a 50% maximum (30 credits)

The fees for Master of Science in Built Environment Regulation may vary from €10,000 to €15,000 annually for tuition fees. The fee's prices may get higher for International Students.

There are significant employment opportunities for building regulation practitioners as specialists within their broader discipline areas of Architecture, Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Consultancy, Consultant Engineering, Civil Engineering, Building Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Quality Engineering, Building Control Engineering, Local Authority Engineering, and Construction Management, to name a few.


By completing this masters' programme, further employment opportunities will present in the much sought-after areas of specialist Building Regulation Engineers, Building Control Engineers, Quality Engineers, Local Authority Engineers, Designers, Builders, Assigned Certifiers and/or Ancillary Certifiers, the roles of each being defined in the Built Environment Regulations and Legislation, and also depending on each candidates' primary undergraduate degree qualification, their professional body membership and their practice experience in the construction industry.


By completing this programme, it may facilitate progression routes into these roles if used in conjunction with applications for Chartership or an equivalent level in each profession and/or discipline, for example. It may also present opportunities for progression into management and to more senior positions. This qualification and sub-sets thereof will help to meet annual Continuing Professional Development requirements, and to align with professional body requirements. This programme will facilitate employment opportunities in the broad area of Building Regulations and Building Control in the private and public sector, in local authority, and on site in the construction sector.


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