Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Architecture (RIBA part 2)

The professional practice course is the concluding element of the School's courses in architecture, and leads to recognition for RIBA part 3 and qualification as an architect; on completion, students can register with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and are also eligible to apply for chartered membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The studio sits at the centre of a student-led, integrated programme of study underpinned by a knowledge and understanding of theories and practices related to architecture, urbanism and associated fields of study. Cross level �units� allow students to select from multiple theoretical, contextual and methodological trajectories that build on the School�s diverse research hubs. The programme is ambitious and outward facing, exploring and constructing innovative modes of architectural education and practice including the �Teaching Practice� and �CO.LAB Collaborative Practice� initiatives, developing professional, creative and technically able graduates, resulting in a confident, highly motivated student community.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold at least a 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in architecture. Relevant work experience. Candidates are required to have obtained RIBA parts 1 and 2 to sit the final examination. Students should have completed a minimum of 24 months full-time professional practice experience, 12 months of which are to have been obtained after commencing the part 2 qualification. All students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 overall (or equivalent)

Course modules

Postgraduate Certificate: Critical urbanism, elective, research and theory. Postgraduate Diploma: 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.

Assessment methods

Formative design reviews, summative design crits, submission of drawing packages, presentations / seminars, written dissertation, design reports, technical reports, open book examination, essays, PDP or RIBA CPD log.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MArch Full-time £ 3,580 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MArch Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MArch Full-time £ 3,580 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years
MArch Part-time £ 450 per Module (home fees) 3 years
MArch Part-time £ 450 per Module (EU fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campuses Birmingham B4 7XG West Midlands

Key information

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