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).

Leaving Certificate Students: Due to Coronavirus control measures the submission of a portfolio by CAO Leaving Certificate applicants is not required for entry to Academic Year 2021/22

Mature Applicants: The School of Architecture UL (SAUL) is currently accepting portfolios from mature applicants. The deadline to submit is Friday May 21st 2021. Portfolios should be sent directly to SAUL. Due to COVID-19 we are accepting softcopy portfolios.  Please send your portfolio as a pdf via email to: saul@ul.ie If the size of your portfolio is larger than 35MB please send via WeTransfer. The portfolio must include your CAO number and full name. For example – 2099999_John_Smith.pdf

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 Applicants

Applications are particularly welcome from mature candidates (at least 23 years of age on the 1st of January of year of registration).

All mature candidates must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) – www.cao.ie. For details please refer to the www.ul.ie/admissions website and the separate SAUL application guidelines.

Mature applicants must also submit a portfolio for assessment. They may subsequently be invited for interview. Interviews are expected to take place late May. 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

For more information please refer to the documents on the Admissions page.

UL Admissions Office Contact Details

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