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Apply for an architectural apprenticeship

You can study at Bath for a Master of Architecture (Part 2) and Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Practice (Part 3) as an architectural apprentice.

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Stay in paid employment while you study

As an architectural apprentice, you can study for Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications toward becoming a fully qualified Architect, whilst still working at your practice.


Our Master of Architecture (MArch) and Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Practice (PGCert AP) courses are both validated by the RIBA and prescribed by the ARB as approved Part 2 and 3 qualifications. As an apprentice, you'll study our MArch units over three years rather than the traditional two years. You won't have to pay tuition fees and you will earn a salary from your employer throughout your apprenticeship.

To become an apprentice, you will need to apply and be accepted onto our MArch course. If your practice/employer is willing to support you through your studies and signs an apprenticeship agreement with us, you can then opt to study the course as an apprentice.

Experience the benefits of both full-time study and learning in practice.


Apprentices can continue to work at their practices, as well as immersing themselves in our studio culture for intense periods of study.

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A student works on her project model in our design studios in 6 East.

Course structure

On our architectural apprentice pathway, you will have semesters studying at Bath interspersed with semesters at your workplace.


Year 1

Semester 1: based in your practice

  • Practice 5
  • Professional studies, management, practice and law

Semester 2: study at the University of Bath

  • Design studio 5
  • Environment and sustainability 5
  • History and theory 5

Summer: based in your practice

Year 2

Semester 1: study at the University of Bath

  • Design studio 6.1
  • Research paper

Semester 2: based in your practice

Summer: based in your practice

Year 3

Semester 1: based in your practice

Semester 2: study at the University of Bath

  • Design Studio 6.2

MArch (Part 2) award

Summer: based in your practice

Year 4

Semesters 1 and 2: based in your practice

  • Practice and project management (taught unit at the University of Bath in September and March)

Summer: based in your practice

Year 5

October to March: based in your practice

  • Case Study Report supported by Design Challenge
  • Professional Interview supported by Career Appraisal
  • End-point Assessment

Architect apprenticeship award, PG certificate (Part 3) award

You can opt on to our apprenticeship pathway if you are accepted for our MArch course and have support from an employer.

Apply for our MArch course

Contact us

If you are a prospective apprentice with any questions or queries, please contact us. You can also ask to see a list of practices who have expressed an interest in supporting an apprentice at Bath.