School of Architecture

  • Admission procedure

    Admission to the RIBA Studio comprises three stages.

    Stage 1

    • An Eligibility Form for prospective students should be downloaded, completed and returned as requested.

    RIBA Certificate Eligibility 2019 » RIBA Diploma Eligibility 2019 »

    Stage 2

    • Subject to meeting the eligibility requirements, the second stage is the completion and return of a full application form and supporting documents (i.e.: references, proof of qualifications, personal statement, extract of personal portfolio etc).

    Stage 3

    • Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview at Oxford Brookes; this should be regarded as having the status of an entrance examination.
    Applicants are required to submit the following:

    Evidence of the minimum academic requirements Certified evidence of the required amount of office experience
    Part 1
    • 3 O-level/GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics
    • 2 A-level passes or equivalent qualifications, e.g. HNC
    3-years under direct supervision of a registered architect
    Part 2
    • A Part 1 qualification prescribed by the ARB, or validated by the RIBA (depending on the member states' requirements for registration)
    • ARB Prescribed Examination at Part 1

    Minimal architectural experience


    In addition, all applicants must supply:

    • A written statement of support from the applicant's current employer.
    • A written statement of 200-300 words explaining the applicant's suitability for office-based study, and the reasons for choosing to apply.
    • If called to interview, digital and hard copies of the following may be required:

    • A portfolio of personal work that includes a sketchbook, original sketches, photographs, projects, and a range of work carried out by the applicant in practice. Applicants for the RIBA Diploma (Part 2) should also include their final Part 1 project.
    • Examples of current work in practice that demonstrates the applicant's contribution to project work and current level of experience.
    • Written studies and reports: for example essays or a dissertation written as part of previous coursework, or practice-related planning reports for which the applicant had sole responsibility.
    • Evidence of qualifications: original certificates.
    • Final Part 1 design project (applies to RIBA Diploma applicants only).

    Applicants whose first language is not English

    Applicants whose first language is not English may need to provide evidence that their English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in their studies by providing one of the following: A-level English, an IELTS score of 6.5+ including a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an UCLES Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade B or above. This also includes those applicants who may have a degree from the UK.


  • Fees

    An annual registration fee is charged each academic year a student is on the course and is irrespective of the number of assignments chosen to be completed by a student. Annual registration fees are non-returnable nor may they be transferred to a subsequent academic year. The fee for 2019-20 will be £2,592.00.

    Suspended Studies Fee

    A nominal fee is charged to students who are unable to undertake any assignments during the year but who wish to remain registered on the RIBA Studio.

    Personal Tutors' Fees

    Students are advised to enter into a professional agreement with their personal tutor. As a general guidance, we recommend students pay their tutors an hourly rate of approximately £45. It is expected that students would meet their tutors about twice a month.