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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Applications for 2024 entry are now closed. The deadline for applications was 30 April 2024.




There are two parts to the application process, both can be completed simultaneously:

1)The prospective apprentice and the employer must complete the Employer Registration here. At this point, the Apprenticeships Team will carry out conversations with the employer and establish eligibility.

2) The prospective apprentice should click the APPLY NOW button to the right to apply for the MSt part of this programme before the deadline.


Our MSt course is prescribed by the ARB to Part 2. Successful completion will lead to the ARB prescribed End Point Assessment (Part 3) the following year.

As part of the Government’s Apprenticeship scheme, the Master of Studies (MSt) in Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship) and its associated End Point Assessment (EPA) will provide an exciting way of completing professional qualifications in architecture, taking advantage of the Government's co-funding, while continuing to work and gaining experience in practice throughout.

To learn more about the programme, you can watch a recording of our employer engagement event which took place on 2 March 2022, led by Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin (Course Leader) and colleagues from the University’s Institute of Continuing Education. This provides full details of this exciting new route to becoming qualified as a professional architect and also covers information for employers about funding through the Apprenticeship Levy for larger firms and Co-funding for SMEs who are non-Levy payers.

Watch our video about the course here (3 mins).
Success stories from our current cohorts.
You can see examples of recent apprentices' work here.


Teaching & Assessment


The course is taught as a series of two-week long residential courses, three in each year, spread over three years. Provisional dates are September, December/January and March/April. In addition to these, apprentices will meet regularly throughout the year with their practice mentors and their course tutor to check progress. All apprentices are expected to carry out self-study when not in Cambridge and details of the work expected will be provided on the course. The studio work will be carried out within the residential periods. There is a strong emphasis on working in teams and understanding team dynamics. Presentation skills, working in teams and research methods are taught in the first residential session. The rest of the first two years is arranged around a series of Master Classes led by experts in their respective fields. In the final year apprentices develop their own individual design project. Teaching in residential courses is a mixture of:

  • One-to-one supervisions: at least one per residential session and one between sessions, amounting to six a year
  • Seminars and Classes: approximately 70 hours over three years
  • Lectures: approximately 100 hours over three years
  • Studio work: most of the studio work will be done within the residential session in the Master Classes except in the third year where apprentices are expected to work on their own projects under the direction of a supervisor
  • Presentations: apprentices will be taught how to present their work and will be expected to present the result of group and individual work at the end of each residential session


Feedback is given in individual supervisions, supervisors' reports and throughout the course on request.


  • Written Essay - All apprentices are required to submit an essay in the first year on the history or theory of architecture (max. length 3000 words)
  • Group Studio Projects - All apprentices are required to present electronic portfolios of studio work (both individual and group work) done in the Master Classes at the end of each of the five Master Class residential sessions
  • Written Exam - All apprentices are required to sit a written examination on the subject of Management Practice and Law following the residential sessions on these subject in the third year
  • Electronic Portfolio - All apprentices at the end of their final year must submit an electronic portfolio of design work on an individual project of their choice approved by the Degree Committee  

Course dates

02 Sep 2024 to 30 Jun 2027

Course duration

3 Years

Apply by

30 Apr 2024

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Department of Architecture
1-5 Scroope Terrace
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

180 credits at Master of Studies

Course code