Taught course

Architect Degree Apprenticeship

Northumbria University · Architecture

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree from a Part 1 accredited Architectural course, and a minimum of three months relevant postgraduate work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Northumbria’s Architect Degree Apprenticeship represents a remarkable opportunity to qualify as Chartered Architect without leaving full-time paid employment, and with no tuition fees payable by the student. As the only university in the North of England to offer this course, Northumbria is pioneering this new route into the profession for the next generation of talent.

You will study part-time over four years, working alongside our full-time MArch students in a collaborative studio-based environment. The Architect Degree Apprenticeship includes both your Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications, which is unique to this pathway. Your design projects will be based on real challenges from your working life, allowing you to develop your own authentic professional practice as well as making a valuable impact on your workplace.

Delivered by an acclaimed, award-winning teaching team, the MArch with the addition of the Apprenticeship is designed to equip you with the attributes you need to thrive in your career. Critical thinking, independent learning, imaginative solutions and the rigorous justification of design decisions are at the heart of our course.


Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level for the purpose of registration in the UK.

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and 3 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

Please note: Admission to the programme requires that you are employed and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University. If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk. An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453