Course details

This is a creative, studio-focused course with a strong commitment to design research. It offers an internationally transposable professional-level architectural education leading to a qualification that meets the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 exemption. This course is listed in the Commonwealth Association of Architects' approved courses.

With the design studio taking centre stage during your studies, you will be challenged to develop solutions to a series of architectural design problems. Your course will explore current topical issues in architecture, including historical and philosophical thought, contemporary conditions of urban inhabitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. You will forge an individual approach to architecture as you explore your personal interests in relation to city, regional, national and global design perspectives.

The School is closely linked to professional societies, such as Leeds Society of Architects, West Yorkshire Society of Architects and RIBA Yorkshire region, and provides a vibrant environment for architectural debate. You will study with a diverse body of leading practitioners, academic educators and visiting professors who will provide a wide range of opportunities for architectural discussion, stimulation and engagement.

The Leeds School of Architecture offers a Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) Monitoring Service for graduates with BA (Hons) Architecture, Master of Architecture (MArch) or similar degree. The PEDR is an electronic record of your professional experience, development and competency in the practice of architecture and will offer support on the pathway to registration or licensure, primarily with the ARB.

Course Benefits

This course offers high quality, creative design education as a basis for qualification and practice as an architect while fulfilling Part 2 requirements for Architects Registration Board Prescription, Royal Institute of British Architects Validation and the QAA Architecture Subject Benchmark for final award programmes.

You will have access to an excellent learning environment in Broadcasting Place which provides studio space for individual and group projects. Its facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, 3D printers and laser cutters.

Entry requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Architecture from an ARB/RIBA accredited Part One course, at least a second class honours degree in Architecture from a non ARB/RIBA Part One course and work experience or at least a second class honours degree in Architecture from a non ARB/RIBA Part One course with Part One awarded through the ARB Assessment Panel and work experience. A year of professional work experience in architectural practice or a cognate discipline prior to entry is not essential but is considered advantageous.

All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of degree and work experience and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from the final year of your degree so applications should not normally be made until you have completed your studies. Candidates based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

Upon graduating, you will be able to progress to professional registration examinations allowing access to legal title of architect, and the ability to practise within markets in the UK, EU and other legal jurisdictions. Students have gone on to achieve significant success working for architectural practices in the UK and overseas. Alternatively, you could continue your education by studying for a research or specialist degree.

  • Architect (Private Practice)
  • Architect (Local Authorities)
  • Architect (Government Organisation)
  • Architect (Commercial Companies)

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Modules & Learning

Core modules

History & Theory: Context Studies A & B

An introduction to the history and theory of architecture, you will explore the current architectural theory and the historical context in which it has developed. You will be encouraged to think critically about these theoretical concepts and to integrate them into your work.

Design Studio 1

A studio-based introduction to the specific issues and research agenda of an elected design studio. You will develop the skills you need to advance design methodologies through a range of tools and techniques.

Design Studio 2

Develop your design studio specialisms and approaches to architecture through a contextual architecture project. You will test the design methodologies and skills you developed during Design Studio 1.

Design Studio 3

Produce a thesis design project, with particular emphasis on the design development and production of a complex and comprehensive integrated building.

Design Studio 4

This is the final part of your design thesis, where you will develop the integrated building project started in Design Studio 3, as a detailed piece of work. You will complete your end of year portfolio and prepare for the end of year show.

Professional Studies

Examine the professional aspects of architectural practice, including the construction industry, role and responsibilities of the profession, development controls, construction law, regulation, design costs and project and practice management.

Technology 1 & 2

These two modules develop integrative thinking regarding the technical requirements and production issues of detailed building design.

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

International 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.


Design Studios

Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

Architecture and art studios

Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.


Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Broadcasting Place

A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

Gym and Sports Facilities

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Program taught in:
  • English

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2 - 4 years
9,250 GBP
The tuition fee for the year for UK & EU 2018/19 students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The tuition fee for the year for international students entering in 2018/19 is £12500.
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