Taught course

Architecture (RIBA Part 2 Exemption)

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold at least a second class honours degree or equivalent in architecture. (Architecture with RIBA Part 1 exemption). Evidence of satisfactory completion of at least nine months of practical training is normally required for acceptance on the full-time course. Should applicants have difficulty in accessing conventional practical experience, the admissions team will consider evidence of initiative in finding alternative experience, through voluntary work, competitions, work in associated fields of the construction and design industries and self-generated work. In the part-time option, your practical training experience may be counted during the first year of attendance if you have studied your BA part-time. If you are part-time you should be employed by an architectural practice. A diverse portfolio demonstrating academic and professional experience along with a critical self appraisal. In exceptional circumstances, applications from students without RIBA Part 1 will be considered subject to prior equivalent academic and practical experience, but the honours degree must be in architecture due to the prescribed and validated nature of the programme. Please note, where applicants do not hold RIBA Part 1 and complete and pass the ARB prescribed Part 2 qualification, they will still need to hold an ARB prescribed qualification at Part 1 level (plus an ARB prescribed qualification at Part 3 level together with the required period of practical training) before they can be admitted to the ARB Register.

Months of entry


Course content

Recognised by the Architects Registration Board and RIBA for exemption from Part II examination, the course is stage two of students' professional development programme to become an architect.

Students will develop their critical ability, skills and creativity. Study is based in a design studio-led research environment and students will be able to create architectural designs that meet necessary technical requirements while still having aesthetic appeal.

A unique collaborative 'Teaching Practice' programme means each cross-level studio unit is aligned with a leading professional practice in the region where students can visit on selected days for supporting tutorials.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.


PgCert: Critical Urbanism; Co.Lab; Research and Theory.

PgDip: Architectural Synergies; Management Practice and Law: Theory.

Master's Project: Architectural Speculations Part 1; Architectural Speculations Part 2; Architectural Speculations: Tectonics; Management Practice and Law: Applied; Dissertation.

Students will be assessed through a mix of reviews, reports, exams and essays. Students will undertake a major dissertation or special study (to follow on from the Co.Lab live project or another opportunity) on a theme related to the course. The dissertation and special study themes are negotiated with the course tutor.

Information for international students

All students whose first language is not English will require IELTS 6.5 overall (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
see website
International students
see website

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Further details of qualification

M.Arch Architecture

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595