School of Architecture

  • RIBA Studio

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  • RIBA Studio

    For students working in architectural practice

    If you’re working in an architectural practice and want to complete your Part 1 or Part 2, these courses will allow you to work at your own pace whilst investing your time in practice earning a salary. You’ll benefit from choosing your own tutors to fit your learning style who will help guide you to getting the most out of the course. To be eligible to apply for these courses, your practice will need to be based anywhere in the UK, EU, EEA, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

    Applicants should be aware that in order to register as an architect in the UK, they will typically need to hold all of the following:

    • An ARB-prescribed Part 1 qualification;
    • An ARB-prescribed Part 2 qualification;
    • 24 months practical experience, which comply with Rule 12b of ARB’s General Rules; and
    • An ARB-prescribed Part 3 qualification.

    RIBA Certificate (Part 1):

    The Part 1 Certificate in Architecture commonly attracts those qualified in architectural technology who wish to switch to studying architecture; as well as those who have gone straight into practice from school or college.

    RIBA Diploma (Part 2):

    The Part 2 Diploma in Architecture is popular with students who have completed their Part 1 at university and who have remained in practice following their year out, often reaching a position of responsibility or with family commitments that make it impractical to return to full or part-time study.

    Fees and how to apply »

  • 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

    The RIBA Studio is offered as an alternative route to qualification for those that may not be looking for traditional full-time or part-time degree courses. Operated flexibly to accommodate fluctuations in students' circumstances, the programme is managed through a system of annual learning contracts and formal deferrals.

    Office mentors

    Individual study for 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