Course Comparison

Course MSc High Performance Buildings MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
Award Master of Science - MSc Master of Engineering - MEng (Hons)
Duration 1 year 4 years
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
Placement - (+ optional placement)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Art, Design and Architecture School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
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.

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). 

If you would like additional information please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.


Applicants exceeding our entry requirements may be eligible for an offer under our Engineering and Navigation Excellence Scheme.

A Level: Typical offer will be 128 points, minimum of 2 A Levels including a B in A Level Maths plus studying second relevant subject: Applied ICT, Applied Science, Applied Science (DA), Biology, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, DT (Product Design Resistant Materials), DT (Systems and Control Tech) DT Product Design (Textiles Tech), Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Further Maths/Use of, Statistics, Music Technology, Physics, Technology and Design. Excluding General Studies.

BTEC QCF Level 3 or RQF Extended Diploma in Engineering (equivalent to 3 GCE A levels): BTEC accepted in combination with an A level. BTEC DDD (to include all Maths units with Distinction) plus Grade C in A Level Maths (Core Maths not accepted).

International Baccalaureate: 30-32 overall to include 5 at Higher Level Maths and a second relevant subject

All Access courses: not accepted for MEng, unless the applicant has additional qualifications or experience. Please refer to our BEng course pages and contact a member of the Undergraduate Admission team on 01752 585858 / ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Other non-A level qualifications also considered, please enquire

English language requirements

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

Please note: We understand that many applicants remain anxious about meeting the exact terms of our standard conditional offers. We will look again at your application and revise our offer for those applicants who we continue to believe are a good match to our courses, once we have the certainty of your actual results in August.