Course Comparison

Course MSc High Performance Buildings BA (Hons) Architecture
Award Master of Science - MSc Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons)
Duration 1 year 3 years
Assessment breakdown - -
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
Placement - -
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Art, Design and Architecture School of Art, Design and Architecture
Entry requirements

The admissions policy and procedures are in place to ensure that applicants have the intellectual ability, motivation and, where appropriate, the professional experience to benefit from, and contribute to, the MSc in High Performance Buildings.

The normal minimum qualification is an upper second-class bachelor's degree (2.1) from a UK university in engineering, science, mathematics, or a discipline related to building. Other qualifications supplemented with relevant industrial experience will also be considered.

International students require a suitable academic profile as well as an English language score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. English language requirements. We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

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 Curriculum Vitae that describes your academic qualifications, any work experience, and any other personal work relevant to your application.
  • Two suitable references (at least one from your former university). 

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Digital portfolio
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A level
A minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate
26-34 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DMM-DDM (Distinction Distinction Merit).

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All Access courses:  Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably Art and Design or Combined), (including GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent) with at least 21 credits at distinction , 12 credits at merit and 12 credits at passes to 30 credits at distinction

Five passes including Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Applicants who will require a Student (formerly Tier 4) visa to study in the UK

Please note that if you are planning to complete further studies in Architecture, Student visa restrictions mean that you cannot undertake a Post-Part 1 placement in the UK, but may be able to secure a placement year in your home country or elsewhere outside the UK, as other International Students have done in the past.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.