Taught course

Architect Apprenticeship MArch/PgDip

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Entry requirements

You must have the minimum of a ARB-prescribed Part 1 qualification or Part 1 equivalent as prescribed by the ARB (as set out by the IATE). We ask that you have an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) as a minimum.

You should have English and Maths at Level 2 on entry. Those without will need to achieve that level before taking their end-point assessment (as set out by the IATE).

We ask that you have at least 9 months of post-Part 1 professional practice experience. However, please contact us if you have less since this is negotiable on application. You should be employed approximately 37.5 hours a week in an architecture practice registered on the Apprenticeship scheme.

If the conditions for entry are met, a tripartite interview will be arranged where you will present a written critical self-appraisal (single side of A4), and a diverse portfolio demonstrating academic and professional experience, including the following:

  • Final project from your BA course
  • Other projects from final year or second year
  • A copy of your written dissertation or final year essay
  • Selected excerpts from sketchbooks and workbooks
  • A range of work from your practical training year or architectural employment (this includes technical work as well as design and presentation work)
  • Evidence of your RIBA Part 1 exemption (e.g. BA certificate)

Months of entry


Course content

Our Architect (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship supports your learning in gaining the title of architect, whilst enjoying the benefits of working in an architectural practice during your studies.

The apprenticeship runs for 4.5 years for candidates that work at an eligible architecture firm. During your ‘off-the-job’ learning, you’ll be based in our multi million-pound City Centre Campus Parkside Building with access to advanced digital studios for rapid prototyping and digital production, with access to drawing, CAD and digital visual communication skills workshops.

Our apprentices are fully integrated with our full and part time masters students. We value the principles of learning by making, drawing on a rich history of craft and manufacture in the city, as well as embedding research by design principles across modules to be ready in future-practice and face complex design challenges in an ever changing environment.

Information for international students

This course is not open to International students.

Fees and funding

Learn more about postgraduate fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MArch
    part time
    54 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    54 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 6295