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Master of Arts Royal College of Art in Architecture

On 19 June 2020, the Board decided that the above qualification should continue to be prescribed until 20 September 2025* 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:

  • The Royal College of Art’s Master of Arts Royal College of Art in Architecture (2 years, full-time) qualification should be prescribed for the period from 30 September 2020 – 29 September 2025.*
  • Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specification – submitted with the application of 27 November 2019 – for the Master of Arts Royal College of Art in Architecture (2 years, full-time) qualification. 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 normal course development) without first obtaining the written permission of the Board.
  • Annually by 31 March – commencing on 31 March 2021 – the institution will be 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 10.2 and 10.3 of the procedures continue to be demonstrated.
  • 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.
  • Following each and every set of examinations, the institution shall be required to submit to the Board its pass lists of graduating cohorts who have received the prescribed award.


The Board was confident that:

  1. All students who had been awarded the qualification since prescription of the qualification was last renewed had met all of the Criteria;
  2. The institution had adequate systems in place to ensure that students awarded the qualification met all the Criteria; and
  3. The institution should be able to maintain its ability to ensure that all students awarded the qualification meet all of the Criteria.


* At its meeting of 27 February 2023, the Board agreed to extend prescription until 31 December 2028.