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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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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 new way of completing Part II and Part III of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) professional qualifications in architecture, taking advantage of the Government's co-funding, while continuing to work and gaining experience in practice throughout.

Applications for 2021 entry are now open. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2021. Please note that Employers are required to complete an Expression of Interest form and return to for further information.

To learn more about the programme, we have made available a recording of the webinar that took place on Monday 29th June 2020, led by Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin (Course Leader) and colleagues from the University’s Institute of Continuing Education, which provides full details of this exciting new route to becoming qualified as a professional architect. It covers information for employers about funding through the Apprenticeship Levy for larger firms and Co-funding for SMEs who are non-Levy payers.

Course delivery: We plan to deliver our postgraduate and MSt qualifications in-person in the academic year 2021-22. Please note that this will be reviewed in line with the latest public health guidance available at the time. If required, to ensure the health and safety of students, we may look to utilise alternative teaching formats and will contact students if we expect changes to the course delivery.


Teaching & Assessment


The course is taught as a series of two-week long residential courses, three in each year, spread over three years. In addition to these, students will meet regularly throughout the year with their practice mentors and their course tutor to check progress. All students 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 students 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: 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 students are expected to work on their own projects under the direction of a supervisor
  • Presentations: students 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 students 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 students 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 Papers - All students are required to sit two written papers/examinations on the subject of Management Practice and Law following the residential sessions on these subject in the third year
  • Electronic Portfolio - All students 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

01 Sep 2021 to 30 Jun 2024

Course duration

3 Years

Apply by

30 Apr 2021

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

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