Applying for a courseEntry requirements

Postgraduate courses

MA & Postgraduate certificate

  • BA (Hons) in Arts, Design, Media or Performance (2:1 or above)

Applicants will usually have a 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate level qualification and will be interested in experimentation and innovative practice within a structured framework leading to Masters outcomes.

International applicants must also hold a relevant English Language qualification.

For overseas applicants, we accept a range of English Language qualifications including the following qualifications for MA and Master of Architecture (MArch) courses:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
  • Certificate of Attainment in English (London Board) level 5 or 6
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or above
  • Pearson PTE score of 54 and over, with a score of 51 in each component.

IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the time the course commences to be valid.

We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications.

TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants.

Master of Architecture (MArch)

  • BA (Hons) in Arts, Design or Media (2:1 or above)

Applicants will usually have a 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate level qualification in Architecture.

International applicants must also hold a relevant English Language qualification.

If you are an international applicant and you are not sure if your current English qualification is suitable you may be interested in undertaking a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Please contact the International office for advice at international@aub.ac.uk.

Routes to professional qualification as an Architect

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.

Visit the RIBA website for more general information on careers in Architecture.