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Architecture (MA)

Course Description

This one year MA Architecture programme aims to support you in developing proficiency in architectural design, in the process of developing both an urban design and a detailed building design. Your study will be set in an exploration of new urban forms which are being generated in response to the changing nature of cities, notably increasing regional and global connectivity, and shifting cultural, economic, ecological, political, social and physical conditions and demands.

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.

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.

Course details

You’ll undertake design studio projects set around live UK urban regeneration projects. You’ll study your core subjects this year – urban theories and methodologies, connecting sustainable practices and integrated technology. You’ll generate a dissertation, through both detailed design development of a selected aspect of your design studio work, and a written dissertation. Support is provided in the design studio through weekly tutorials, workshops and seminars. The MA Architecture builds on the strength of the successful RIBA-validated M Arch programme. You’ll work alongside students on the M Architecture programme through common coursework and projects, and sharing studio space. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with students from the MSc Planning programme.

Following completion of the MA Architecture programme, you'll have the opportunity to continue study on the RIBA-validated MArch Architecture programme, MRes Architecture or MPhil/PhD Architecture programmes.

For an informal discussion about MA Architecture please contact the programme leader at


The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees –

For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualifications and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas candidates applying to the University from our International Admissions Team via

Visit the Architecture (MA) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are required to have a 2.2 degree (50 per cent or above) in degree studies, design mark of 55 per cent or above in final degree year design. We also require references. Work experience for approximately 12 months in an architect’s office or other professionally relevant activity is highly desirable, though not required. If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service. If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required (minimum IELTS score is 6.5).

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250

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