Bachelor of Architecture From University of Limerick

Program Overview

The School of Architecture at the University of Limerick offers a 5-year undergraduate degree in architecture. The objective of the School is to educate architects with a strong set of integrated skills, balanced with a clear understanding of the environment - built, existing and imagined - and vital to professional practice. The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has awarded full accreditation to the architecture programme at UL. Studying architecture in an accredited programme is the first step towards becoming a registered professional architect.

The School of Architecture embraces all parts of an architect’s education; it is a place where the study of architecture is undertaken with passion and inventiveness, open and transparent society of mobile thinkers. The School of Architecture teaches an architecture that is integrated with Environmental and Structural engineering, as disciplines that set us free from the limitations of our own knowledge and help us to achieve a balance with the environment by focusing human abilities.



  Course Duration

60 Months

  Tuition Fee



IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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Training as an architect is engaging in a process of ‘learning by doing’ with the course curriculum structured around the design studio. The design studio is a creative laboratory where learning is developed through experimentation and reflection. Woven into the design studio will be courses of study in structures (structural engineering), environmental science (environmental engineering), history (of architecture, society, technology), and philosophy, sociology, law and management (professional practice).

The course is designed to equip you with a broad range of skills fundamental to becoming an architect. These skills include hand drawing, sketching, model-making, photography, computer-aided drawing, audiovisual and verbal presentation, as well as core skills including conceptualising and designing, problem-solving and working with other people.

Year 1

Semester 1


  • Design Studio 1a
  • Gravity & Reaction 1
  • Representation / Drawing 1
  • History & Theory of Architecture 1
  • Assembly & Techniques 1
  • Environmental Systems and Forces 1

Semester 2

  • Design Studio 1b
  • Gravity & Reaction 2
  • Representation / Drawing 2
  • History & Theory of Architecture 2
  • Assembly & Techniques 2
  • Environmental Systems and Forces 2

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Design Studio 2a
  • Gravity & Reaction 3
  • Representation / Drawing 3
  • History & Theory of Architecture 3
  • Assembly and Techniques 3
  • Environmental Systems and Forces 3

Semester 4

  • Design Studio 2b
  • Gravity & Reaction 4
  • Representation / Drawing 4
  • History & Theory of Architecture 4
  • Materials 1
  • Environmental Systems and Forces 4

Year 3

Semester 5


  • Design Studio 3a
  • Gravity & Reaction 5
  • Representation / Drawing 5
  • History & Theory of Architecture 5
  • Assembly & Techniques 4
  • Environmental Systems and Forces 5

Semester 6

  • Design Studio 3b
  • Gravity & Reaction 6
  • Representation / Drawing 6
  • History & Theory of Architecture 6
  • Assembly & Techniques 5
  • Visual Culture 1

Year 4

Semester 7


  • Design Studio 4a
  • Professional Practice - Contracts
  • Advanced Construction 1
  • Elective

Semester 8

  • Design Studio 4b
  • Profession & Society
  • Advanced Construction 2
  • Elective

Year 5

Semester 9

  • Design Studio 5a
  • Advanced Construction 3
  • Elective

Semester 10

  • Design Studio 5b - Thesis
  • Advanced Construction 4
  • Elective

Minimum grades    

  • Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. 

Subject requirements    

  • Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
  • Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.
  • A Special Mathematics examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Job titles for graduates 

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on Graduate Outcomes Surveys by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Architect
  • Architect Part II
  • Architect Technician
  • Architectural Assistant
  • Architectural Graduate
  • Architectural Research Assistant
  • Consultant
  • Junior Architect
  • Project Architect
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Technical Support Agent
  • Architecture Tutor


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