This one year MA Architectural Design program explores architecture, design and urbanism, with an emphasis on the critical investigation of space through practical, theoretical research interests and creative activities. Design is the crucial agency for exploring spatial creativity, coupled with an experimental design practice that operates from a core architectural discipline, yet celebrates the blurring of disciplinary boundaries to forge innovation and new disciplines in spatial enquiry.

  • Encouraging discovery and critical development in a studio-based culture that fosters a unique research-led practice, converging theory, practice and technology.
  • Co-taught with the RIBA-validated Part II programme, sharing coursework, projects and studio space.
  • Advances the understanding of the role Architectural Design plays in today’s most pressing societal, environmental and cultural challenges.
  • Encompasses a wide range of skills, theory and practice from urban situation to building performance.
  • Develops the capacity to conceptualise spatial thought in relation to Architectural Design and production at all levels of design, fabrication and use.
  • Framed by issues of place, people, tectonics and environmental concerns.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan or scholarship

You may now be eligible for a government loan of over £11,000 to help towards the cost of your masters degree.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan

Find out more about the postgraduate international scholarships.

Alumni loyalty reward for postgraduate study

  • a 20% discount on home/EU tuition fees
  • or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.

For further details, and contact information, please review our alumni discount policy.

For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Entry requirements

You are required to have a 2.2 degree (50 per cent or above) in degree studies, design mark of 55 per cent or above in final degree year design.

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.

For an informal discussion about MA Architectural Design please contact the programme leader at [email protected]

Following completion of the MA Architectural Design programme, you’ll have the opportunity to continue study on the RIBA-validated MArch Architecture programme or MPhil/PhD Architecture programmes.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service.

Careers

Graduates have career opportunities in Architectural Design, public realm design, urban/landscape design, interdisciplinary design practice, spatial innovation and architectural humanities associated to the architectural profession.

View the full course description including details of how to apply here

Initial enquiries should be made to the Programme Leader at [email protected].

Postgraduate open evening

Our Postgraduate Open Evenings are designed to help you find out about the range of postgraduate and professional development opportunities. Both academic and professional support staff from the University will be available to answer your questions and give you advice, guidance and information about our programmes.

Find out more about our next Postgraduate Open Evening

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK, EU and International applicants.

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