Architecture and Professional Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Postgraduate

Architecture and Professional Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) (Taught)

Course summary

Overview Earn a salary and get the qualifications needed to become a professional architect On this integrated three-year Master's and one-year Part 3 qualification, you'll build on your undergraduate degree and RIBA Part 1 exemption and become an ARB-registered architect at the end. You'll gain valuable on-the-job experience during this four-year degree apprenticeship, which will help you develop the professional and creative skills needed to succeed in architecture. You’ll cover topics such as urbanism, landscape, sustainability and culture in a studio environment. During term time, you'll spend one day a week on day release at the University and the other four days applying your skills and getting practical experience in your workplace. The government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so your architecture degree apprenticeship doesn’t cost you anything. Eligibility This course only accepts UK and EU students. Unfortunately, we can't accept international students on this course. Course highlights

  • Develop the creative and professional abilities needed to become a registered architect with the ARB
  • Get a MArch degree while you earn a salary
  • Learn how to come up with creative and strategic solutions to a variety of architectural challenges
  • Benefit from top-class facilities in this studio-based course, including our Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR) – the UK’s first integrated facility for virtual, augmented, and extended realities
  • Put what you learn into practice in the workplace, preparing yourself for Part 3 studies in your final year
  • Gain further professional knowledge from our network of visiting lecturers – past ones include Pamela Cole, Alastair Lewis, and architects from Tibbalds
  • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who go to University full-time


On this architecture degree apprenticeship, you'll study modules worth 360 credits. The modules are as follows: YEAR ONE

  • Architectural History and Theory: Introduction (15 credits)
  • Architectural History and Theory: Application (15 credits)
  • Building Tectonics and Environment (15 credits)
  • Project Management in Architecture (15 credits)
  • Architectural Design: Synthesis (30 credits)
  • Architectural Design: Strategy (30 credits)
  • Thesis Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Practice Management and Professionalism in Architecture (60 credits)
  • Thesis Preparation (15 credits)
  • Thesis Design (15 credits)
  • Practice Management, Law and Contract (30 credits)
  • Topical Research Project (30 credits)
  • Preparation for End-Point Assessment (30 credits)
  • End-Point Assessment (30 credits)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through coursework and exams.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Architects Registration Board
  • Architects Royal Institute of British

How to apply

International applicants

International applicants not accepted.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree with RIBA Part 1 exemption. Applicants would preferably have a year of professional, relevant experience. Applicants who do not hold a recognised UK Part 1 qualification will need to undertake and pass the ARB prescribed exam for Part 1 prior to joining the Apprenticeship course. All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form. All applicants will be invited to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment. All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Please see for further information.
Architecture and Professional Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS