Course Comparison

MSc Low Carbon Architectural Engineering MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)
Master of Science - MSc Master of Architecture - MArch
1 year 2 years
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. 
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.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary. 
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 we begin generally receiving applications in January for starting the program in September of the same year. The majority of successful students have applied and been offered a place by May, though we accept applications to the beginning of July. Upon receiving a complete application, a review is carried out by administrative and academic staff generally within two weeks. Relevant candidates are then given a conditional offer (and in the case of exceptional candidates an unconditional offer) with an interview (typically via Skype) to follow. Successful applicants through the interview are then typically made an unconditional offer within a few days. 
If you would like an informal chat about the Master of Architecture course please contact the programme leader at
For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.