Undergraduate Students Requirements

What it is needed

Applicants are required

What are the minimum entry requirements for the architecture course?

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 06 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades.  Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.


All applicants to the architecture programme MUST submit a portfolio of creative work. For further information on the portfolio requirement, please refer to the Portfolio and Statement guidelines (available for download here).

Special Mathematics Entrance Examination

Foundation Maths is acceptable to meet the Minimum Maths requirements.

The University holds a special mathematics entrance examination in August each year for students who achieve sufficient CAO entry points and satisfy all other entrance requirements, but who do not achieve the requisite grade in Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate for Faculty of Science and Engineering undergraduate degrees.  Candidates who pass this special examination are deemed to have satisfied the Mathematics entry requirement for all programmes run by the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

Further information is available on the Faculty of Science and Engineering website: http://scieng.ul.ie/students/prospective_students/special-mathematics-entrance-examination or contact Admissions for information and an application form http://ulsites.ul.ie/admissions/

Mature Applications are particularly welcome from mature candidates (at least 23 years of age on the 1st of January of year of registration). Mature candidates must, in addition to the UL application form, submit portfolio and statement and may subsequently be invited to interview. Interviews are expected to take place by mid-July.

The portfolio should demonstrate the candidate’s interest and motivation for studying architecture and how work experience to date supports this motivation.

Suitable areas for portfolio presentation are drawing, painting, graphics, photography, woodworking, ceramics, sketchbooks, design journals illustrating the design process followed in a project, printmaking, textiles, dress or clothes making, sculpture, computer game design, or any other visual media that demonstrate your interest, experience, and aptitude in creative and graphic areas.


Course Code: LM 099
Level: Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 5 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2016 420 + Portfolio

For more information please refer to

UL Admissions Office Contact Details

admissions@ul.ie for undergraduate CAO applicants (Leaving Cert & Mature applicants)