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RIBA Validated schools

RIBA Validated schools in the UK

RIBA Validation

The RIBA validates programmes at 80 schools of architecture and other course providers in the UK. We have a history of promoting high quality and innovative architectural education throughout the world.

Through validation, the RIBA identifies courses and examinations which achieve the standards necessary to prepare students for professional practice.

Below is a list of RIBA Validated UK courses. You can download a PDF of all schools and courses at the bottom of the page. 

UK RIBA VALIDATED COURSES

View 2017 report (PDF)

INSTITUTION OR EXAMINING BODY COURSES/EXAMINATIONS VALIDATED BY THE RIBA RIBA VISITING BOARD REPORT
Architects' Professional Examinations Authority in Scotland (APEAS) Ltd
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The Architects’ Professional Examinations Authority in Scotland (APEAS) Ltd administers the Part 3 Examination in Scotland. Previously the Part 3 courses run by each School of Architecture in Scotland were validated individually. While Part 3 courses continue to be run by the Schools, the validated award is owned and administered by APEAS. View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018
The Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen)
The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment
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Part 1 BSc (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 PgDip/MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice and Management (Administered by APEAS)
View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018
University of Bath Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
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Part 1 BSc (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice
View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2019
The Queen’s University of Belfast
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
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Part 1 BSc Architecture with Honours
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Certificate in Professional Practice and Practical Experience/Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture (from 2013)
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit:
2021
University of Ulster
The Belfast School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 MArch
View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2019
Birmingham City University
Birmingham School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice
View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018/9
The Arts University Bournemouth
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 MArch (with effect from the 2012/13 graduating cohort)
View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2019
University of Brighton
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Practice and Law in Architecture
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
University of the West of England (Bristol)
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture and Planning
Part 1 BEng Architecture and Environmental Engineering
Part 1 BSc (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 Bachelor of Architecture/MArch
Part 3 PG Certificate: Professional Practice and Management in Architecture
View 2015 report (PDF)

View 2016 Part 1 course report (PDF)

Next visit: 2020
University of Cambridge
Department of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (from 2013 intake)
          MPhil (B) in Environmental Design in Architecture 
Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice

View 2014 report (PDF)

View 2015 Part 2 Mphil report (PDF)

Next visit: 2019

 

University for the Creative Arts
Canterbury School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 Graduate Diploma in Architecture
Part 2 Master of Architecture (from 2013; 2014 graduating cohort)
View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2019
University of Kent (Canterbury)
Kent School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 MArch
View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2019
University of Cardiff
The Welsh School of Architecture
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Part 1 BSc (Hons) in Architectural Studies
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Diploma/MA in Architecture: Professional Studies
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
Coventry University
Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building
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Part 1 BSc (Hons) Architecture View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018/19
University of Dundee
School of Environment
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Part 1 BA Architecture
Part 2 M.Arch
Part 2 PG Dip. Arch
Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice (Administered by APEAS)
View 2017 report (PDF)
 
Next visit:TBC
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA)
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Part 1 Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
Part 1 Master of Arts (Honours) in Architecture
Part 2 Master of Architecture
Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice (Administered by APEAS)
View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit: TBC
University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)
Department of Architecture
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Part 1 BSc/BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies
Part 1 BSc/BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies with European Studies
Part 1 BSc/BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies with International Study
Part 2 MArch/PgDip in Advanced Architectural Design / MArch Architectural Design (International)
Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice and Management (APEAS)
View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2020
The Glasgow School of Art
The Mackintosh School of Architecture
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Part 1 Bachelor of Architecture
Part 1 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)
Part 2 Diploma in Architecture
Part 2 Master of Architecture
Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice (Administered by APEAS)
View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018
The University of Huddersfield
School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture (International)
Part 2 M.Arch
Part 2 M.Arch (International)
Part 3 Certificate of Professional Practice in Architecture
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
Hull College
School of Art and Design
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architectural Design (with effect from 2012 graduating cohort)
Change of award name to BA (Hons) Architecture in 2016
View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018
Leeds Beckett University (previously Leeds Metropolitan University)
School of Art, Architecture and Design
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Studies
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
De Montfort University
The Leicester School of Architecture Visit website
Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
University of Lincoln
The Lincoln School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture (until 2013/14 graduating cohort)/BArch (from 2014/2015 graduating cohort)
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Postgraduate Diploma in Practice & Management in Architecture
View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
University of Liverpool
Liverpool School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture(RIBA Part 3)
View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018
RIBA North West Region, Liverpool
Part 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture (RIBA P3)
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
Liverpool John Moores University
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 Diploma in Architecture/M.Arch
Part 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture(RIBA P3)
View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit:TBC
Architectural Association
(London)
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Part 1 Intermediate Examination
Part 2 Final Examination
Part 3 Professional Practice and Practical Training Examination
View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2020
The London School of Architecture  Professional Diploma in Designing Architecture, Candidate Course for Part 2  
University College London
The Bartlett School of Architecture
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Part 1 BSc (Hons) Degree in Architecture
Part 2 Graduate Diploma in Architecture/MArch
Part 3 Certificate in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture
Part 3 Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
University of the Arts, London
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
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Part 1 BA (Honours) Architecture: Spaces and Objects

Part 2 M Arch Architecture Spatial Practices Programme 

View 2013 report (PDF)

View Part 2 exploratory report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018

The University of East London
School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
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Part 1 BSc (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 Professional Diploma in Architecture/MArch (from 2014)
View 2012 revisit report (PDF)

View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2016
University of Greenwich (London)
School of Architecture, Design and Construction
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 Diploma in Architecture/MArch (from 2014)
Part 3 Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice
View 2012 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2017
Kingston University (London)
School of Architecture and Landscape
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 Graduate Diploma in Architecture/MArch (from 2014 entry)
Part 3 PG Diploma in Professional Practice Architecture
View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2017
London Metropolitan University
Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 Professional Diploma in Architecture
Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice: Architecture
View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit:TBC
Royal College of Art (London)
School of Architecture
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Part 2 MA Architecture
View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018
University of Salford, Manchester   BSc (Hons) architecture, Candidate Course for Part 1 2017 report available soon
London South Bank University
Engineering, Science and the Built Environment
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 PG Dip Architecture / MArch with effect from 2015 entry
Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice
View 2012 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2017
The University of Westminster
Department of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture with Urban Design (discontinued)
Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture with Interior Design (discontinued)
Part 1 BSc (Hons) Architecture with Architectural Engineering (discontinued)
Part 2 Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture
Part 2 M.Arch Master of Architecture
Part 3 Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture
View 2012 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2017
University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University
The Manchester School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 MArch
Part 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture (RIBA P3)
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architectural Studies
Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture (from 2012/13)
Part 2 M.Arch
Part 3 Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021
Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Architecture Department, School of the Built Environment
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 Master of Architecture (MArch)
View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018
University of Nottingham
Architecture and Built Environment
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Part 1 BArch (Hons) in Architecture
Part 1 M.Eng. Architecture and Environmental Design
Part 2 Diploma in Architecture / MArch (from 2013/2014 academic session)
Part 3 Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture
View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2018
Nottingham Trent University
School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
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Part 1 Bachelor of Architecture with Honours (BArch (Hons)
Part 2 M.Arch
View 2013 report Part 1(PDF)

View 2012 report MA (PDF)

View 2014 report MA revisit (PDF)

View 2015 final report MA (PDF)

Next visit: 2018
Oxford Brookes University
School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 Diploma in Architecture
Part 2 M.ARchD Applied Design in Architecture
Part 3 Examination in Practice and Management
View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2017
University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
(Preston) The Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment
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Part 1 BSc (Hons) Architecture
Part 2 Master of Architecture (MArch)
View 2013 report (PDF)

View 2015 report MA (PDF)

View 2017 Part 2 revisit (PDF)

Next visit: 2017/18
RIBA Studio (formerly Office Based Examination)
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RIBA Certificate in Architecture, Part 1
RIBA Diploma in Architecture, Part 2             
NB These are self-study examination programmes for candidates working in practice, minimum time in practice requirements apply
View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2020
University of Plymouth
Plymouth School of Architecture, Design and Environment
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 M.Arch
View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2022
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) in Architecture
Part 2 M.Arch
Part 3 Final Examination in Professional Practice
View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2020
University of Sheffield
Sheffield School of Architecture
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Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture
Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture & Landscape
Part 1 MEng (Hons) Architecture & Structural Engineering
Part 2 MArch in Architecture
Part 2 MArch in Architecture: Collaborative Practice
Part 2 MArch in Architecture and Town & Regional Planning
View 2012 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2017
Sheffield Hallam University
Department of Architecture and Planning
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Part 1 BSc.(Hons) Architecture & Environmental Design
Part 2 Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture
Part 2 M.Arch (effective students starting in Sept 2013)
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit: 2021

Terminology: The designation 'Candidate course for validation' implies that the proposals for this course are judged to have the potential to meet the RIBA criteria, if implemented as anticipated. It is not equivalent to RIBA Validation, which can only be granted once the standards of the work produced have been assessed and found satisfactory. For more information about RIBA Validated courses or schools, or to enquire about applying for validation, contact the team.

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