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MArch Architecture with Collaborative Practice Research (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

At its meeting of 19 July 2018, the Board decided that the above qualification should continue to be prescribed for the period from 3 August 2018 until 30 September 2022* under Section 4(1)(a) of the Architects Act 1997 for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

Prescription is subject to the Standard Conditions set out in the Board’s Procedures, namely:

  1. The period of prescription shall commence on 3 August 2018 (and expire on 30 September 2022*).
  2. Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specification – submitted with the application of 4 August 2017 – for the MArch Architecture with Collaborative Practice Research (ARB/RIBA Part 2) (two years, full-time**). No change may be made to the title of any course or qualification or substantial change to the content so defined within a programme specification (allowing for a normal course development) without first obtaining the written permission of the Board.
  3. Annually by 30 November*** – commencing on 30 November 2017 – the institution is required to provide the Board with information of the nature set out in Appendix 2 of its Procedures to enable the Board to see that i. all its Criteria and the relevant requirements set out in Article 46 (or Article 47) of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive [2005/36/EC] are being attained by students who have been awarded the qualification prescribed; ii adequate systems are in place to ensure that all the Board’s Criteria will be met by students for the period of prescription; iii. that the institution’s resources remain as set out in its application and are adequate; and iv. all of the factors referred to at paragraphs 6.6 and 6.7 of the Procedures continue to be demonstrated.
  4. The institution will ensure that appropriate procedures will be maintained so that all students undertaking a prescribed qualification are fully informed of the extent of the application of that qualification to entitlement to registration as an architect in circumstances in which the student lacks a required antecedent qualification, e.g. Part 2 without Part 1.

The Board was confident that:

  1. The course proposal – including the educational aims, the intended learning outcomes, the assessment criteria etc – has been design with the clear aim of ensuring that all those who receive the qualification meet all the Criteria;
  2. The institution has adequate systems in place to ensure that students awarded the qualification meet all the Criteria; and
  3. The institution has adequate resources to maintain and where appropriate increase the achievements of students in meeting the Criteria.


*At its meeting of 19 May 2021, the Board agreed to extend prescription until 30 September 2023.

**At its meeting of 25 October 2019, the Board approved an additional mode – to MArch Architecture with Collaborative Practice Research (ARB/RIBA Part 2) (two years, full-time; three years, part-time apprenticeship) – effective from 11 September 2019.

***On 6 June 2022, the Board agreed to amend the annual monitoring date to 31 January each year, effective from 31 January 2023.