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University of Cambridge: Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship)

Institution University of Cambridge
Department Institute of Continuing Education
Study type Taught


The Master of Studies (MSt) in Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship) provides an alternative to the traditional full time route to qualifying as an architect. Students must have completed ARB/RIBA Part I through a recognised degree course or apprenticeship. Students apply in their year-out through the architectural practice they are working for. The Cambridge course is taught in short two-week residential courses held throughout the year which mix Master Classes, Lectures, Supervisions, Seminars and Studio work. The lectures are taught by experts from inside the University and from elsewhere. The Master Classes are taught by leading practitioners in their particular fields. The result is a unique course that seeks to prepare the student for the rapidly changing world of professional practice in the 21st century.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme and completion of the End Point Assessment, successful students will have acquired all the skills and knowledge necessary to act as an architect to complete RIBA/ARB Part II and RIBA/ARB Part III and becoming fully registered.


Our apprenticeship route has been agreed in principle with the RIBA and ARB so that validation / prescription will be in place by the time of graduation. Following the completion of the MSt, the student will then progress to take an End Point Assessment which takes 6-10 months and leads to the final Part III qualification which allows the candidate to register as an architect and become a member of the RIBA (Chartered Architect).


The Master of Studies (MSt) in Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship) course offers a high achieving, cost-effective route to registration. It is ideal for highly motivated post-Part I Architectural Assistants with a medium or long-term future in your practice. With three fortnight-long intensive sessions a year and other offsite learning days scheduled to your convenience, the course provides maximum flexibility for employers.

By partnering with the University of Cambridge to offer degree apprenticeships, employers could:

  • Reduce graduate recruitment costs and develop talent from within. The apprenticeship system allows employers to attract and retain high calibre, committed Architectural Assistants. As participants on our course, students have access to the University’s extensive research resources.

  • Benefit from high-quality courses led by respected, experienced architects and researchers. We welcome input from our Apprentices’ employers at all stages of the process.

  • Draw down Apprenticeship Levy funds and invest in high-quality business solutions which plug skills gaps within your company. Non-Levy payers currently receive £6,650 towards the £13,000 annual cost of the course.

  • Profile the company as an employer of choice.

For architectural practices in East Anglia, the University of Cambridge Master of Studies (MSt) in Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship) can also be cost effective, saving employers' travel expenses to campuses in more distant locations.hitect).


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