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Architecture students in workshop

Careers and employability

Many of our graduates go on to be architects in private practice or the public sector.

Our courses also equip students with a broad range of transferable skills that are valued by employers across the creative industries and across business.


I immediately secured employment with an award-winning practice in Cardiff, Holder Mathias Architects. My degree from Manchester was recognised as from a first-class institution; employers recognise that Manchester is a dynamic, modern and exciting place to study.

Adam Jones / Master of Architecture (2015)

Architecture education consists of five years of full-time study divided between two degrees and supplemented by professional experience.

These are the three-year BA (Hons) in Architecture followed by the two-year MArch degree, which carry exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1 and Part 2 respectively.

Studying architecture equips you with visual awareness, technical abilities and creative skills. Some of our graduates also go on to work in areas such as:

  • academic research
  • conservation
  • interior or spatial design
  • landscape architecture
  • teaching
  • urban planning
  • web design.

Upon graduation from the BA, you normally undertake a year of professional experience in an architectural office under the direction of the School. This first experience of practice prepares you for your architectural education in MArch.


We host numerous events throughout the year to boost the employability of our students. Examples for 2017-18 include:

  • 6 February, 2018 - Meet the Professionals, Faculty of Humanities

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