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Master of Architecture

The Board at its meeting of 12 September 2016, decided that the Master of Architecture (two years, full-time) qualification awarded by the University of Ulster should be prescribed from 30 January 2017 to 30 January 2021 under Section 4(1)(a) of the Architects Act 1997 for the purposes of entry on to the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

The renewal of prescription of each qualification is subject to the standard conditions set out in Section 9.0 of the Board’s Procedures, namely:

  • The University of Ulster’s Master of Architecture (two years, full-time) should be prescribed for the period 30 January 2017 – 30 January 2021;
  • Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specification, submitted with the application of 22 March 2016, for the University of Ulster’s Master of Architecture (two 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.
  • Annually by 15 January each year, commencing on 15 January 2017, 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/candidates 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/candidates 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
  • The Institution will ensure that appropriate procedures will be maintained so that all students 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.

 

The Board considered that there was sufficient evidence in the material submitted in support of the application, as supplemented by the Institution’s additional explanations and response to enable it to be confident that:

  1. All students who had been awarded the qualification since prescription of the qualification was granted 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 has adequate resources to maintain, and where appropriate increase the achievements of students, in meeting the Criteria.

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