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Architect Degree Apprenticeship

Northumbria University

48 months
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The Architect Degree Apprenticeship programme from Northumbria University represents a remarkable opportunity to qualify as Chartered Architect without leaving full-time paid employment, and with no tuition fees payable by the student. As the only university in the North of England to offer this course, Northumbria is pioneering this new route into the profession for the next generation of talent.


You will study part-time over four years, working alongside our full-time MArch students in a collaborative studio-based environment. The Architect Degree Apprenticeship programme from Northumbria University includes both your Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications, which is unique to this pathway. Your design projects will be based on real challenges from your working life, allowing you to develop your own authentic professional practice as well as making a valuable impact on your workplace.

Delivered by an acclaimed, award-winning teaching team, the MArch with the addition of the Apprenticeship is designed to equip you with the attributes you need to thrive in your career. Critical thinking, independent learning, imaginative solutions and the rigorous justification of design decisions are at the heart of our course.


  • Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level for the purpose of registration in the UK.
  • Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and 3 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.
  • Please note: Admission to the programme requires that you are employed and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University. If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Your Career

  • The high employability rates of Northumbria architecture graduates are a testament to our authentic and professional approach. Studying via the apprenticeship route will allow you to gain both your qualifying MArch, a first sit at your Part 3, and four valuable years of professional work experience.
  • We align the course with the General Criteria and the Desired Graduate Attributes of the professional bodies, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This means that the skills and knowledge expected of Part II graduates are intrinsic to the teaching, learning and assessment strategies. Consequently, you will be fully equipped to practice at the required levels expected on completion of the course.
  • Our department functions within an expansive network of alumni, employers and contacts at local, national and international level. They are all aware of the course’s reputation for academic and professional excellence and eager to connect and collaborate with you on graduation. The contacts you’ll form during your studies will extend your professional network, and open up future career opportunities.
  • Many of the skills developed through the programme are transferrable, including autonomous learning, authentic and analytical methods of inquiry, critical curiosity, social responsibility and both manual and digital communication skills. This has allowed previous graduates to diversity into fields including construction, BIM, visualisation, property development, urban design, set design, project management and housing, as well as to continue into doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Authentic Design Inquiry 
  • Architectural Research Methods
  • Design Project: Analysis and Proposal 
  • Student Selected Investigation
  • Cultural Context
  • Design Project - Realisation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

National students are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission onto a higher or degree apprenticeship can only take place if applicants are currently employed and their employer has a training agreement in place with Northumbria University.Applicants must be employed in a relevant role, with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts directly to their personal and professional work experience.Potential apprentices will need:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree from a Part 1 accredited Architectural course, or equivalent and a minimum of three months relevant postgraduate work experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 GBP per year during 48 months.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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