Entry on the UK Register of Architects and the right to use the protected title of ‘architect’ is based on a three-part examination administered by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
Satisfaction of the requirements of this process by UK- based candidates, however, is normally achieved by successful completion of academic qualifications carrying exemption from the exams. This is normally achieved by three years of full-time academic study leading to Part 1, followed by a year in practice. Part 2 requires a further two years of full-time study. This is then normally followed by a second year in practice, which may be undertaken concurrently with part-time study for Part 3. Completion of all elements of this process is prerequisite to entry on the register. This route is also adopted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as a condition of membership.
The criteria for courses offered in satisfaction of Parts 1, 2, and 3 as academic qualifications are published in the QAA Benchmark Statement, Architecture 2010 (www.qaa.ac.uk) and are shared with the ARB and RIBA.
The Master of Architecture (MArch) qualification will be submitted to the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for purposes of prescription at Part 2. The MArch will also be applying for RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Part 2 Candidate Course status, with view to full Part 2 RIBA Validation after graduating the first candidates. These applications are determined by the respective procedures. The target is to have all accreditation complete for the first graduates of 2013.
See ARB: Information for new entrants to architecture courses issued separately.