Architecture at Cambridge
With examples of outstanding buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, Cambridge provides the perfect setting to study architecture. Both teaching and research are ranked amongst the best in the country. At Cambridge, you’re taught by practising architects and academics who are leading experts in their field.
Our course is unashamedly academic in approach, emphasising architecture as a cultural as well as technological subject. The core of the teaching programme is in practical design carried out in studios (from the large scale of a city to the smallest detail), and supported by lectures on both the humanities (history and theory) and sciences (construction, environmental design and structures).
Our small, friendly Department has a very good staff to student ratio. Facilities include a superb library, studios, reprographics areas and workshops, as well as spaces for making models and larger installations.
Successful completion of our full three-year undergraduate course carries exemption from the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Part 1 – the first stage in qualifying as an architect.
The Department also offers a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design, which carries exemption from RIBA Part 2, and a RIBA Part 3 course (the final qualifying stage).
What we’re looking for
You must have an enthusiasm for both the arts and the sciences. The ability to draw and an interest in the history of art and architecture are essential, as is a knowledge of mathematics to at least a good GCSE standard.
It’s not possible to study Architecture as an affiliated course (ie in one year less than usual). However, if you’ve already completed an undergraduate degree at another university and now wish to study Architecture at Cambridge as a second undergraduate degree, you can apply to study the full three-year course. (In this case, you normally wouldn’t pay the separate College fee.) Please seek advice about your application as early as possible from one of the mature Colleges.
Students can opt to move to other courses within the University after Year 1 (Part IA). However, this is very rare and most architecture students stay for all three years (see above regarding professional qualification).
Careers and research
Many graduates continue into professional training, but some enter other creative fields or research. We have a long-standing tradition of research excellence, in areas such as history and philosophy of architecture, environmentally responsible design, architecture and the moving image, urban design and transport planning, and disaster relief.