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Course content

In a world constantly in flux there’s a greater need for more coherent, sustainable cities. You’ll gain advanced understanding of how architecture can engage with and improve our changing world. Hone your skills, knowledge and thinking to RIBA and ARB Part 2 level. Test your work in the public domain through live projects. Explore architecture as a tool to create more sustainable, inclusive and resilient places. Immersed in our design studio, we’ll help you become the architect you aspire to be.

Our course is fully validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Over 95 per cent of our recent graduates have found work in the UK, the Middle East and Australia – with award-winning architects such as Allies and Morrison, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Hopkins, John McAslan, Keith Williams, Make, Nicholas Hare and Walters and Cohen.

Advice from graduate Madhusha Wijesiri

"Architecture is one of the most competitive fields. You will experience this competitive nature during your education as well as when you step out into the real world. Competition should not be taken as an opportunity to defeat someone, but to improve yourself and to push yourself a bit beyond where you stand today.

Competition should be the nitrous oxide for your engine, which gives you additional energy to improve your performance. Never forget to offer your helping hand and to carry others with you, so that you will see competition within you disappear and turn into strength. This recarveals a wonderful purpose and a meaning to all the design work you do."

Key features

-Get creative with our amazing facilities and resources. You’ll be based in our eye-catching Faculty of Arts building in the heart of the campus, with students and staff from other art courses to bounce ideas off and collaborate with. And, you’ll have 2.5 square metres of desk to call your own.
-Study a programme fully validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) – with National Student Survey results consistently above 90 per cent satisfaction.
-Interact with the public domain with architecture that’s responsive to people, places and tectonics. Work with local communities and institutions, including city councils, business organisations and non-governmental organisations.
-Choose one of the few programmes of this kind to be assessed by 100 per cent coursework – no exams.
-Work on live studio-based projects, both in the UK and abroad. Previous projects have been based in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Latvia and Poland.
-Benefit from our future-facing programme that features a strong urban and sustainability dimension.
-Learn from tutors with industry experience and interdisciplinary research interests. Our school was described as ‘charged’ by Architects’ Journal.
-Find employment after graduating from our programme. Over 95 per cent of our recent graduates have found work in the UK, the Middle East and Australia – with award-winning architects such as Allies and Morrison, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Hopkins, John McAslan, Keith Williams, Make, Nicholas Hare and Walters and Cohen.

Course details

Year 1
In your first year, you’ll undertake design studio projects set around live UK or overseas urban regeneration projects. You’ll study your core subjects this year – exploring key theories and tools through philosophies of sustainability; considering urban design praxis through urban methodologies; and deepening your understanding of professional practice through professional studies.

Core modules
-ARCH652A Detailed Design
-ARCH655A Professional Studies
-ARCH651A Inception and Strategic Design
-ARCH653A Connecting Sustainable Practices
-ARCH654A Urban Methodologies

Final year
In your final year, you’ll have a more flexible timetable. You’ll combine the skills and knowledge you've developed in the design studio with the individual study of an area of your choice. Your design studio projects this year are set around live urban regeneration projects overseas or in the UK. And for your individual study topic, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of modules grounded in current research activity in the School of Architecture, Design and Environment.

Core modules
-ARCH752A Advanced Detailed Design
-ARCH754A Technical Design
-ARCH751A Advanced Inception and Strategic Design
-ARCH753A Emerging Research in Architecture

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Visit the Architecture - MArch page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

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