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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Architectural Studies

University of Plymouth
Jointly Organized by
University of Plymouth
Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
2 years
Course Fee
HK$105,307 per year
How to Apply
Deadline on 17 Jul 2021 (Sat)

Do you want to release your creative impulses and imagination, and nurture your intellectual drives whilst responding to real life design concerns? Studying University of Plymouth's Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Architectural Studies degree in Hong Kong will offer you an opportunity to do so! The course allows you to engage with current affairs and ever-changing global currents across multiple fields, whilst consciously being oriented towards proposing sensitive responses.

ba_hons_as_2021You will learn to think outside the box by engaging in multi-faceted and integrated processes of building design; covering subjects to do with architecture, urbanism and critical theories, to communications, sustainable systems and technologies. Doing this in a stimulating, dynamic and collegial environment will allow you to gain the confidence to ask questions, challenge inherited beliefs and gain skills employers value highly, whilst appreciating the built environment past, present and future.

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Architectural Studies aims to challenge and enable students to:

  1. Develop and demonstrate their ability for creative and critical thought and judgement in generating the design of buildings and places of the highest calibre.
  2. Develop ethical design solutions that are respectful of and responsive to people and their cultural and social traditions.
  3. Develop design solutions that are responsive to technology and demonstrate an understanding of structure, construction, environmental design and sustainability.
  4. Develop an understanding of the professional skills and responsibilities of design, the economic, legislative and regulatory context including health and safety and design for the disabled.
  5. Acquire knowledge, develop strategies for learning and understand research methods.
  6. Develop and demonstrate reasoned and coherent written and oral arguments in Design Studio and taught course project work.
  7. Develop and demonstrate reasoned and coherent communication of design ideas in Design Studio and taught course project work through visual means (drawings, models, computing and other media).
  8. Work together to share knowledge and to develop and articulate an individual critical position relative to a body of contextual and theoretical knowledge identified by the students as important to their development.
  9. Acquire strategies for self-improvement and continued learning/research to embed confidence, life skills and transferable skills for their future role as leading professionals.

The programme has 360 credits in the U.K. Students holding a Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies or a Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE will be exempted 120 credits. Therefore, students will gain direct entry into Year 2 of the three years programme to take the remaining 240 credits to complete this honours degree. Granting of exemption is based on the University of Plymouth’s discretion and policy.

If students have achieved 240 credits, the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Architectural Studies will be awarded . If students have achieved up to 120 credits but less than 240 credits, the Diploma in Higher Education will be awarded. Please note that there is no direct entry to the Diploma in Higher Education programme.

Progression and Awards Criteria

In order to obtain the award of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Architectural Studies, students must complete 240 credits, and passing the continuous assessment of all FHEQ Level 5 and FHEQ Level 6 modules. 

Students must pass all FHEQ Level 5 modules (Year 2) to progress to FHEQ Level 6 modules (Year 3). 

If students have achieved up to 120 credits but less than 240 credits, students can apply to exit the programme with a Diploma in Higher Education. There is no direct entry to the Diploma in Higher Education programme.

The minimum pass mark for any modules, including individual assignments, research papers, design projects, etc., is 40%.

Duration of Study

The proposed programme consists of 240 credits. There is 2 semesters per academic year.  Students are expected to undertake 60 credits per semester, and complete the programme in 24 months.  The normal programme duration is 24 months and the maximum registration period is 48 months. 

Application Code 1945-AS013A -

Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

This is a two-years top-up honours degree programme in full-time mode with classes scheduled on weeknights and on weekends. It consists of five FHEQ Level 5 modules in Year 2, and five FHEQ Level 6 modules in Year 3. There are 2 semesters in each year.


Course Code

Module Name

HKQF Level (Indicative)

PU/SPACE Credits

Year 2

(Level 5)

Semester 1


Design Praxis 5.1


20 credits


Communication 5.1


20 credits


History Theory and Critical Context 5.1


20 credits

Year 2

(Level 5)

Semester 2


Design Praxis 5.2


40 credits


Technology 5.2


20 credits

Year 3

(Level 6)

Semester 1


Design Praxis 6.1


20 credits


Communication 6.1


20 credits


History Theory and Critical Context 6.1


20 credits

Year 3

(Level 6)

Semester 2


Design Praxis 6.2


40 credits


Technology 6.2


20 credits

  Total 240 credits

In year 2, students will explore architectural ideas and architecture in context. The focus will be on ideas and production, sustainable technologies, materials and building performance and continue with the study of the history and theories of 20th-century architecture. Opportunity for an Erasmus exchange with overseas partner institutions may be available.

In year 3, the final year, students build on themes explored in their second year, extending their 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 their professional development. 

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.  This can be found in the University of Plymouth homepage.

Teaching Staff

Programme Leaders

HUMPHREYS, Andy (Plymouth)


Programme Managers

REYES, Alejandro (Plymouth)


Module Leaders

(University of Plymouth)

AURIGI, Alessandro

BOBIC, Nikolina

BURKE, Ricky

EMMETT, Mathew



Module Leaders


CHAN, Ping Hung Joseph


MUI, Kui Chuen Paul

SAINT-JEAN, Sebastien

WANG, Nai-Huei Casey

SUEN, Wai Kuen Ricky

RADOMAN, Slobodan

Applicants shall:

1.        hold a Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies or a Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.


2.        (i)  hold any other qualification deemed equivalent such as:

  • a Higher Diploma / Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies granted by a recognized institution; OR
  • through credits accumulated at another university where the level of attainment indicates honours degree in Architecture. The achievements of the candidates for direct entry to Level 5 of the progamme must be such as to satisfy the Admissions Tutor of the University of Plymouth; OR
  • have experiential learning such as experience in architectural practice or related design disciplines, other vocational work or work overseas;


(ii)  submit a digital portfolio as part of the application process;


(iii)  attend an interview by the academic admissions team;


(iv)  provide evidence of English proficiency, such as an overall band of 6.0 or above with 5.5 in all elements in the IELTS.

Enrolment Method

Applicant should submit the following documents to any of our enrolment counters -

  1. HKU SPACE Application Form (SF26);
  2. Copy of HKID card / Passport (please bring along the original for verification);
  3. Copy of the certificate of HKU SPACE Higher Diploma / Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies or other qualification deemed equivalent (please bring along the original for verification)*;
  4. HKD$200 application fee (non-refundable)
  5. (For non-HKU SPACE students) Copy of IELTS result;
  6. (For non-HKU SPACE students) Submit digital portfolio to Ms. Sandra Ho <>

*Remarks: Graduates of HKU SPACE Higher Diploma / Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies in 2021 may submit Letter of Completion first and hand in the graduation certificate later by 30/11/2021.

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$105,307 per year (For academic year 2020-21, payable over 2 semesters. The tuition fee covers all fees charged by the University of Plymouth which include the teaching and assessment fee. The fee for textbook, re-sitting for assessments, re-submission of assessments and repeating the modules of studies is not included. Additional fee for field trip is also not included.)

Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to make enrolment for most open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes via the Internet.  Applicants may settle the payment by using either PPS, VISA or Mastercard online.

  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

Applicants must provide all the required information on the application form and any additional information as required after the intial application assessment. Otherwise the School may not be able to process the admission/enrolment further.

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.

University of Plymouth, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012, is one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. University of Plymouth is ranked 14th in The Guardian League Table 2018 UK universities ranking. Described by Times Higher Education as among the newly-emerging ‘modern global elite’, University of Plymouth is ranked inside the top 280 universities in the world, and 42nd in terms of those aged under 50. A twice-winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, most recently in 2012, it has been recognised for its innovative teaching, impact-driven approach to research, and the way it works with partners to create socio-economic benefit for the communities.

Plymouth is one of the largest universities in the UK, and has around 28,000 students and 13,000 off-campus students. The University has a long record of high quality innovative research as demonstrated by its achievements in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The RAE 2012 saw Plymouth named as a top 50 research University and the ‘most improved’ with 80% of its research judged as being of international repute, meaning both the undergraduate and postgraduate students can be proud to be taught by, and work alongside, world-class experts.

Its School of Art, Design and Architecture is the fastest rising school of architecture in 2019 Subject Tables and the Guardian League tables.  It is a top 10 UK Young University for Art, Design and Architecture (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019) and in the First Class Category of Sustainable Universities in the UK (People and Planet Green League 2015).  The school has produced some of the top architects in the UK - in 2013, Alumni Stephen Witherford from Witherford Watson and Mann won the Stirling Prize (highest prize for architecture).