Plymouth University Architecture

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Plymouth University Architecture

Plymouth University Architecture

School of Art, Design and Architecture

BA (Hons) Architecture

Do you want to create great spaces for people to live and work in? Discover the multi-faceted processes of building design in a stimulating and dynamic community. Appreciate the built environment past, present and future, and gain the confidence to ask questions and challenge inherited beliefs. You’ll cover subjects from urban planning and theories in cultural conditions, to sustainable systems and technologies. Learn to think outside the box and gain skills employers value highly.

The course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). You will gain professional accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). If you complete the degree successfully, you’ll be exempt from RIBA Part 1 automatically. This course will also enrich your learning with the arrangement of field trips each year to project sites, European study trips, exchange study opportunities abroad and at home, and overseas summer schools.

Entry requirements may differ during Clearing, so please contact us on 0333 241 6929 to discuss an application.

Key features

  • Join the fastest rising school of architecture in the Guardian League tables. Our school was described as ‘charged’ by the Architects’ Journal.
  • We’re very proud of our National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 return showing 93% of students felt the course challenged them to achieve their best work.*
  • Gain professional accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The course is also prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). If you complete the degree successfully, you’ll be exempt from RIBA Part 1 automatically.
  • Get creative with our amazing facilities and resources. You’ll be based in our eye-catching Faculty of Arts building in the heart of the campus, with students and staff from other arts courses to bounce ideas off and collaborate with.
  • Benefit from assessment by coursework only – there are no exams.
  • Graduate ready for the workplace with our focus on professional development. You’ll work on ‘live’ studio design projects, and we have strong links with Plymouth City Council and other regional community projects.
  • Learn from tutors with industry experience and interdisciplinary research interests.
  • Enrich your learning with field trips each year to project sites, European study trips, exchange study opportunities abroad and at home, and overseas summer schools. Previous destinations have included Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Paris, Porto, Rotterdam, Rome, Stockholm and Venice.
  • Join the Plymouth Architecture and Design Society (PADS), one of the most respected and active student architectural societies in the UK, with fortnightly lectures that bring architects, engineers and designers into the school to showcase and discuss their work with you.
  • Gain insights into the field with talks from leading practitioners and theorists. Our Cross Professional Dialogue programme is a forum for discussion between architects, builders and others in the building industry. We also hold the annual ‘State of the Profession’ symposium with noted professionals, such as RIBA President Stephen Hodder, to discuss key issues in architecture today.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll gain an awareness of your creativity through drawing, model making, writing and verbal discussion, and develop your skills and critical understanding of architecture by working on design projects within the design studio. You’ll work as part of a team on a live interdisciplinary project with fellow students. You’ll also get the opportunity to go on a study trip; in previous years this has included visits to European cities.
    Core modules
  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll explore architectural ideas and architecture in context. You’ll focus on ideas and production, sustainable technologies, materials and building performance and continue with the study of the history and theories of 20th-century architecture. You’ll also have the opportunity for an Erasmus exchange with our overseas partner institutions.
    Core modules
  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll build on themes explored in your second year, extending your work to examine, develop and articulate a personal approach to architecture. This will be reinforced by parallel work in history, theory and technology and a focus on your professional development.
    Core modules

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Hons Architecture 0114

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff


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

International Baccalaureate
32 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
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 Higher Education Diploma with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.GCSE
Five passes including Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

You will be required to submit a digital portfolio showing sufficient competence in arts/design. Get some advice on how to create and submit your portfolio.

English language requirements

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

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed

Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.
Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email