Course Comparison

MSc Low Carbon Architectural Engineering MA Architectural Design
Master of Science - MSc Master of Arts - MA
1 year 1 year
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Art, Design and Architecture School of Art, Design and Architecture
Entry requirements
We require a 2:2 degree in Architectural Engineering (or similar design-related discipline such as Architectural Technology, Architecture, Construction Project Management, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying among others). Alternatively, the course also welcomes applications from professionals with substantial experience in industry. 
We also require suitable references from previous academic institutions and/or employers. 
For applicants with previous relevant postgraduate studies, the Programme Lead will assess the applicability of the Recognition of Prior Learning policy on a case-by-case basis. 
English Language Requirement equivalent to 6.5 IELTS with a minimum 5.5 in all four components for International applicants. Please check the University of Plymouth English language requirements website for additional information and equivalent recognised qualifications. 
Alternative modes of admission (e.g. interviews) can be provided for applicants requiring disability support. 
Other qualification subjects/levels may be required if CIBSE membership requested. This may have particular bearing on students wishing to aspire to Chartered Engineer status. 
You are required to have a 2:2 degree in Architecture (or similar design-related discipline such as Architectural Engineering, Architectural Technology, Design, Spatial and VR Media Design, Digital Media Design, Construction, Building Surveying, Town and Urban Planning, among others).
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.
Applications to this programme must include a portfolio of work. It is recommended, but not essential, that applicants can demonstrate work experience in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) or urban planning sector.
For an informal discussion about MA Architectural Design please contact the programme leader at
If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service. 
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 with a minimum 5.5 in all four components.