Course Comparison

Course MArch Architecture MA Architecture
Award Master of Architecture - MArch Master of Arts - MA
Duration 2 years 1 year
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement - -
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Art, Design and Architecture School of Art, Design and Architecture
Entry requirements

The following conditions are required of all applicants: 

Expected 2:1 degree classification but we will consider students with lower degree and a good portfolio.. 

If you are an overseas/EU students you must obtain an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

English language requirements

The following conditions are highly desired:

12 months experience working in an architect’s office or similar professionally relevant activity. 

Application process 

To be considered for entry onto the programme, you'll need to submit the following: 

  • A completed application form. 
  • An official copy of your transcript for your completed degree studies. 
  • A statement of interest outlining why you want to study at Plymouth University and what you believe you will contribute to our programme. 
  • A portfolio of work with up to 20 images (this can be digital - jpeg images preferred) of previous student work and any work carried out while working in an office and/or any other personal work. 
  • Two suitable references (at least one from your former university). 
  • Note that applications for starting the programme each autumn begin reviewing in the preceding spring. We ask that applications are submitted by the end of April, as we carry out the application review process in May and June with final confirmation of offer of places completed by mid-June. 

If you would like an informal chat about the Master of Architecture course please contact the programme leader at ada@plymouth.ac.uk

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

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 from previous university, employer and / or similar.

Work experience for approximately 12 months in an architect’s office or other professionally relevant activity is highly desirable, though not required.

For an informal discussion about MA Architecture please contact the programme leader at ada@plymouth.ac.uk

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.

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. 

English language requirements

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualifications and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is 6.5.