School of Architecture

  • Open Sessions

    Friday 4 May 2018
    10.00am - 12.00 noon, London

    Saturday 2 June 2018
    10.00am - 12.00 noon, Oxford

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  • Entry requirements

    1. The important difference between this examination and programmes of study in universities, is that candidates are required to be employed and remain working full-time** in the field of architecture under the supervision of an architect, for the duration of the examination.
    2. Tutors are appointed by students for the duration of the programme 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.
    3. Students are also required to be mentored by an experienced architect who is registered where the student's place of work is based, and who has responsibility for the regular supervision and professional development of the student. Examples of workplace types include:
    • architects practices,
    • an architects' section of a multi-disciplinary practice,
    • local authorities.

    ** Full-time employment is deemed to be met by working at least 1,250 hours per annum.

    In addition to the requirements stated above, the following minimum requirements must also be met:

    The RIBA Certificate in Architecture (Part 1)

    A minimum of 3 years' practical experience and similar educational qualifications to those required by schools of architecture (see below). Graduates from related construction industry disciplines are eligible to apply for entry to the RIBA Certificate if they have also gained a minimum of 3 years' certified working experience in architectural practice. Graduates with degrees in non-construction industry subjects are required to provide evidence of 3 years' certified post-graduate experience in an architect's office to enter the RIBA Certificate.

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    The RIBA Diploma in Architecture (Part 2)

    New: Part 2 distance learning programme doesn't require 3 years prior experience before being eligible to do the programme.

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