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MArch Architecture

Masters apprenticeship

Architecture masters apprenticeshipStudy a cutting-edge, research-led and career-focused RIBA/ARB Part 2 architecture course, while applying your learning to a related apprenticeship job role. Explore forms of architectural practice and design social and ecological architecture projects that are both innovative and sustainable.


How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Architect standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is September 2021

The course normally takes 4 years part-time – then you'll complete an endpoint assessment within a further 6 months.



1. Course summary

  • Create architectural and urban design with a social and ecological focus.
  • Put your learning into practice on live architectural projects in the workplace.
  • Prepare for applying to be a registered architect when you've completed the course.

In the first 3 years you'll study for the MArch, (the RIBA Part 2 qualification), and in year 4 you'll study for the Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture, (the RIBA Part 3 qualification). The course is fully supported by active staff research into architectural, community-led, digital, environmental and structural design – as well as new models of practice and sustainable strategies for planning and urban ecologies. Once completed, you'll be in a great position to apply to become a registered architect.



2. How you learn

You'll gain skills in design, urbanism, critical thinking, sustainable design and creative approaches to construction and technology. Our design and written modules include extensive input from our local, national and international network of architects, artists, designers, local authority actors and community groups. The course also explores the changing nature of architectural practice.

You learn through

  • part-time day-release study at Sheffield Hallam
  • regular guest lectures from leading architects
  • applying your learning on live projects
  • field trips to London and Europe
  • community-led design
  • developing briefs
  • academic and report writing



3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities in our Natural and Built Environment Department in our City Campus, led by our extensively experienced teaching staff. You'll be able to access 24/7 design studios, workshop with laser cutters, CNC router, 3D printing, extensive CAD and other digital software.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

You'll need a minimum of an ARB-prescribed Part 1 qualification, or Part 1 equivalent as prescribed by the ARB.

You'll also need a BSc (Hons) degree at 2:2 level or above.

You'll also need GCSE (or equivalent) maths and English at Grade C, 4 or above. If you don't have this yet, you'll need to achieve this level before you take your endpoint assessment towards the end of the apprenticeship.

If you have additional qualifications or prior experience, you may be able to complete the apprenticeship in a shorter timescale than the normal 4 years.



5. Modules

You'll study • design studio 4 • praxis 1 theory and recent history • praxis 2 expanding practice • design studio 5 • praxis 3 developing your agenda for practice • SCE • critical study • design studio 6 • integrated practice


6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.



How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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