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  • The RIBA Diploma (Part 2) is now able to consider applicants without 3 years’ experience.

    RIBA Studio

    RIBA Certificate (Part 1) and RIBA Diploma (Part 2) for students working in architectural practice

    School of Architecture offers an alternative practice-based route to professional architectural qualifications with the RIBA Studio (formerly the RIBA Examination in Architecture for Office-based candidates RIBA OBE). The Certificate and Diploma courses are specifically for students working full-time under the direct supervision of an architect in architectural practice and based in the EEA, Switzerland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

    Applications are now invited for March 2019 entry.

    RIBA Certificate (Part 1):

    Applicants must have gained a full 3-years of supervised, architectural experience during the course of their employment, prior to the commencement of the course, in addition to the minimum academic requirements (found under Admission Procedure).

    RIBA Diploma (Part 2):

    Prior-entry experience requirements have been relaxed for entry to the Diploma. Applicants who have successfully completed Part 1, either by way of an RIBA validated course, or an ARB prescribed qualification with minimal architectural experience are invited to apply.

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  • Practice-based study

    The RIBA Studio is a unique system in which formally assessed academic work is supported by learning through experience in the student's place of employment, with the sequence mirroring the development and realisation of design projects in architectural practice.

    Flexibly operated

    Because the RIBA Studio is offered as an alternative route to qualification for those unable to benefit from full-time or part-time courses, it is operated flexibly, within prescribed limits, in order to accommodate fluctuations in students' circumstances. This is managed through a system of annual learning contracts and formal deferrals.

    Office Mentors

    Individual study for the both courses must be supported by day-to-day learning and experience of architectural practice. To facilitate this, each student appoints a registered architect from their practice to be their mentor. The mentor ensures that the practice experience is wide ranging and contributes to learning.

    Personal tutors

    Tutors are appointed by students for the duration of the course and must be completely independent of the student’s office. They should be experienced design tutors in architectural education, and ideally architects registered in the country where the student is working.

    Professional qualification

    Students who qualify through this route, are then eligible to take the UK Part 3 which leads to:

    • Full chartered membership of the RIBA.
    • Recognition by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) for UK architects' registration.
    • Recognition throughout Europe under the European Union (EU) Professional Qualifications Directive.
  • Travel

    All written and design examinations take place in Oxford, so travel expenses need to be considered. Students may wish to book overnight accommodation prior to assessment days. Normally, students will not be expected to travel to Oxford or London more than five days each year. Whilst it is a matter for negotiation between students and their offices, it is expected that study leave would be granted without affecting annual leave.

    Contact us

    Sam Hughes

    School of Architecture
    Oxford Brookes University
    Headington Campus
    Gipsy Lane
    Oxford UK
    OX3 0BP

    Tel: +44 (0)1865 483413
    ribastudio@brookes.ac.uk