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About Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) at Nottingham Trent University

This course is designed to be the next step for professionals pursuing an accredited pathway to becoming a registered architect. You'll study full-time for two years to satisfy the educational requirements of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2, before moving on to Stage 2 practical experience.The course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of entry onto the UK Register of Architects.

Why study this course?

  • 100% of our postgraduate architectural design students are in work or further study, just six months after graduation (DLHE, 2015-2016).
  • Develop your personal design style, supported by a University with a strong design heritage; NTU began life as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843. Your learning is also underpinned by the School's significant expertise as a built environment educator.
  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, giving you the opportunity to gain design inspiration and experience international architectural practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Turin, Barcelona and Venice. You'll also have the chance to attend external seminars and lectures, as well as professional trade, art and cultural exhibitions in the UK.
  • Benefit from our team of expert academic staff who have established links to industry and significant experience of working in practice.
  • Work in our inspiring RIBA award-winning buildings, offering industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model-making studio.
  • Hear from visiting experts; recent industry speakers have included a number of RIBA Stirling Awards prize winners.
  • Showcase your work to visiting industry professionals and prospective employers at our annual NTU Degree Shows.
  • Choose from optional modules in Year Two, enabling you to undertake further research and learning in an area of interest.

You may also be interested in

  • If you're interested in pursuing a career as an architect, you will need to complete an ARB/RIBA Part 1 qualification, before progressing to our MArch Architecture course for Part 2. We offer a BArch (Hons) Architecture qualification at NTU to fulfil the education requirements for Part 1, which is studied full-time over three years.
  • We also offer a Professional Certificate in Architecture. This course is intended for graduates from a Part 1 accredited qualification in Architecture, who are undertaking experience in professional practice prior to entry on a Part 2 course.

How you're taught

How will I learn?

  • The course is delivered predominantly through project-based learning. This includes group and one-to-one tutorials, seminars, field trips and site visits, along with regular critiques or reviews, replicating a professional architectural practice. Review sessions usually include an exhibition of your work, accompanied by a presentation, and followed by a panel discussion.
  • In addition to the design studio, you'll also utilise our model making workshop to produce large and small scale prototypes, to test your design concepts.
  • Course content is delivered through a series of lectures throughout the year, supported by seminar groups; an open platform to discuss and build upon ideas.

Trips and study visits

Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, giving you the opportunity to gain design inspiration and experience international architectural practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Turin, Barcelona and Venice.

MArch Architecture students visit Venice

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary by module, but typically include a submitted portfolio or exhibition of your design work, supported by a presentation – some modules require you to submit an individual project, whereas others require collaborative work. You may also be required to produce reports, case studies and essays and, in some instances, take an assessment under timed conditions.

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Careers and employability

Our MArch Architecture course has an outstanding reputation for producing employable graduates: 100% of our postgraduate Architecture students are in work or further study, just six months after graduating (DLHE, 2015-16). Our course is validated by RIBA to provide exemption from Part Two examinations, and is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of entry onto the UK Register of Architects.

This course is suitable for students wishing to fulfil the educational requirements of the RIBA Part 2, before moving on to Stage 2 practical experience.

Where do MArch Architecture graduates from NTU work?

After completion of this course, the majority of graduates seek employment in architectural practises to work towards their Part 3 examinations, in preparation for an eventual full RIBA/ARB professional qualification.

Our MArch Architecture course has been designed to maximise the employability prospects of our graduates, equipping you with professional skills as well as enhancing and developing your design skills, technical knowledge and ability to communicate your ideas.

Graduates have gone on to hold various architectural roles in companies such as Davidsons Development, Marchini Curran Associates and HKR Architects amongst others, whilst working towards their Part Three examinations.

Architectural design students working in Arkwright building studios

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, such as the Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise graduate roles to our students.


Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with journals and publications – both current and archived.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student.

Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Architecture. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Bonington Art Shop

Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experienced and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials to support your project work.

Take a look at our full gallery of facilities for Architectural Design students.

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a digital design portfolio of your work to our NTU Applicant Portal. If you'd like to prepare your portfolio in advance here are some guidelines.


If your portfolio is accepted, you'll be asked to hold an interview with the academic team. For Home applicants, you will be invited to an interview at the University. For EU and International students, you'll hold an interview via telephone.

Your interview will help us to decide whether we feel you are suitable for the course, and will help you to decide if this is the right course for you.

English language entry requirements

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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