Architecture, building and planning

Joining the industry

Architects, building conservationists and environmental designers play a vital role in the construction industry.

With environmental design and building conservation it is often a case of specialising after completing a built environment degree.

There is no postgraduate option for qualifying as an architect - to achieve professional status you'll have to take a seven-year course, as prescribed by the Architecture Registrations Board (ARB) and accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Funding for architecture courses

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Use our funding finder tool for construction or architecture course funding.


To qualfiy as an architect all students must undertake a five-year undergraduate degree which is split into two parts, each of which proceed a year of professional experience.

Featured courses

Courses from Birmingham School of the Built Environment; Oxford Brookes Department of Architecture and Department of Real Estate and Construction; Nottingham Trent University.

Featured courses

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities for architects, building conservationists and environmental designers.

For an architect, cpd is an important part of a career. Most professional bodies, including regional associations, will have resources to help you further your career and broaden your prospects in the industry.