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Master of Architecture

The Board, at its meeting of 13 July 2017, decided that the University of Lincoln’s Master of Architecture (2 years, full-time) qualification should be prescribed from 30 September 2017 to 30 September 2021 under section 4(1)(a) of the Architects Act 1997 for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

Prescription of the qualification is subject to the standard conditions set out in Section 9.0 of the Board’s procedures, namely:

  1. The University of Lincoln’s Master of Architecture (2 years, full-time) qualification should be prescribed for the period 30 September 2017 to 30 September 2021;
  2. Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specifications, submitted with the application of 30 November 2016, for the University of Lincoln’s Master of Architecture (2 years, full-time) qualification. No change may be made to the title of any course or qualification or substantial change to the content so defined within that programme specification (allowing for normal course development) without first obtaining the written permission of the Board;
  3. Annually by 31 March each year, commencing on 31 March 2018, the institution will be required to provide the Board with information of the nature set out in Appendix 2 of its procedures to enable the Board to see that i. all its criteria and the relevant requirements set out in Article 46 (or Article 47) of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive [2005/36/EC] are being attained by students who have been awarded the qualification prescribed; ii. adequate systems are in place to ensure that all the Board’s criteria will be met by students for the period of prescription; iii. that the institution’s resources remain as set out in its application and are adequate; and iv. all of the factors referred to at paragraphs 6.6 and 6.7 of the Board’s Procedures continue to be demonstrated; and
  4. The institution will ensure that appropriate procedures will be maintained so that all students/candidates undertaking a prescribed qualification are fully informed of the extent of the application of that qualification to entitlement to registration as an architect in circumstances in which the student/candidate lacks a required antecedent qualification e.g. Part 2 without Part 1.

In addition to the standard conditions of prescription, the Board decided that the following additional conditions of prescription would be applicable to the qualifications under Section 3.5 of the Board’s procedures.

  • On or by 1 September 2017 the University must provide the Board with copies of its 2016/2017 External Examiner reports for the Master of Architecture qualification; and
  • That as part of its annual monitoring submissions to be made each year, the University must provide the Board with a full update on its staffing provision.

The Board was confident that:

  1. all students who had been awarded the qualification since prescription of the qualification was last renewed had met all the ARB criteria;
  2. the institution had adequate systems in place to ensure that students awarded the qualification met all the criteria; and
  3. the institution should be able to maintain its ability to ensure that all students awarded the qualification met all the criteria.

As a result of the significant concerns expressed in respect of students’ ability to meet subject benchmark requirements; the ability of External Examiners to understand how ARB’s Criteria are delivered and assessed within the curriculum; and the concerns expressed in relation to staffing provision, the Board agreed that a shorter period of prescription should apply in this instance to allow the Board an earlier opportunity to undertake a full review of the Master of Architecture qualification to see how the University has addressed the concerns outlined above.  The Board agreed therefore that prescription should be granted for a period of four years, rather than five years as requested by the University.

In addition, the Board agreed that in light of the concerns expressed by the External Examiners in relation to students’ ability to meet subject benchmark requirements, and the ability of External Examiners to understand how ARB’s Criteria are delivered and assessed within the curriculum, that the University should provide its 2016/2017 External Examiners reports for the Master of Architecture qualification on or by 1 September 2017.  The Board agreed that early sight of these External Examiners’ reports would allow it see how the University has addressed the concerns expressed by the External Examiners in 2015/2016 regarding student attainment of benchmark standards and the clarity surrounding the delivery and assessment of ARB’s Criteria.

The Board also agreed that in light of the concerns expressed in relation to the staffing of the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and Master of Architecture qualifications that the University should provide a full update on its staffing provision as part of its annual monitoring submissions to be made each year.

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