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A degree in architecture forms the first stage of the professional education and training required to become a registered architect.

The majority of students completing a first degree in architecture at Nottingham progress on to architectural assistant positions or similar as their next step.

However, an architecture degree is also a valuable and transferable degree in its own right and can open the door to a range of other opportunities.


What skills have I gained during my course?

In addition to your professional, technical and design skills, your architecture degree will equip you with key transferable employability skills to employers in all sectors such as:

  • problem-solving
  • research and analysis
  • creative and innovative thinking
  • verbal and written professional communication including presentation skills
  • co-ordinating with others and teamwork
  • digital capabilities

What have Nottingham graduates gone onto do?

Architecture roles and companies

Currently, most students completing the BArch Architecture at Nottingham and many MEng Architectural Environmental Engineering students progress into ‘stage 1 experience’ roles – generally these are advertised as architectural assistant, or sometimes junior architect, architectural intern or similar. In recent years, Nottingham students have gone on to work for a range of practices including:

  • Architects' Journal top 100 companies including Foster + Partners, BDP, Weston Williamson, Hawkins Brown, Sheppard Robson, Grimshaw Architects, Wilkinson Eyre, HOK, Make Architects and Gensler
  • Nottingham practices including Franklin Ellis, Benoy, Allan Joyce, Rayner Davies, CPMG and Leonard Design Architects
  • Other regular UK and international recruiters including Paul Davies and Partners, China Architecture and Design Research Group, Studio Map and Tasou Associates

Opportunities beyond architecture

70% of all graduate roles are open to students from any degree background, so as an architecture graduate you will have access to a range of alternative opportunities either in general graduate employment or within the broader construction, property, design and creative sectors. 

Other roles that architecture students from Nottingham have progressed into in recent years include:

  • 3D design assistant
  • Sales negotiator (Estate Agent)
  • Teaching assistant
  • Theatre technician
  • Artist
  • Graphic design intern
  • Junior interior designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Marketing manager (for an architectural practice)

Recruitment and selection process

If you need to develop a portfolio for job applications, please go to our design portfolio webpage. Advice and information on all aspects of the recruitment process can be found on our Making applications webpages.


What are my further study options?

For many architecture students, their next step in education will be to return to complete part 2 of their architectural studies, either through the RIBA accredited MArch course at Nottingham, or a similar course elsewhere.

However, some students may choose to pursue other postgraduate study routes including PhD research in architecture and design related areas or masters level study either in architecture and design or in alternative subjects.


How can I develop my skills and gain experience?

Regardless of whether you are a first year or final year, developing skills outside your degree will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. There are a range of opportunities at the University and beyond for you to explore.

If you need to develop a portfolio for job applications, please go to our design portfolio webpage.

RIBA mentoring scheme

The mentoring scheme gives students an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience. Around 1,000 students and 600 mentors take part in the RIBA student mentoring scheme each year.

RIBA mentoring scheme

RIBA East Midlands

RIBA East Midlands provides provide a range of events and services for members including the RIBA’s professional development programme, management and delivery of the RIBA East Midlands Awards and the highly successful Student Mentoring scheme. 

Explore what RIBA has to offer

Work experience and volunteering

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates.

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Consultancy Challenge

The Nottingham Consultancy Challenge offers the chance for you to gain hands-on experience of managing a short term project for a local business or charity as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  

Nottingham Consultancy Challenge

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop and reflect on your employability. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

Architects Lectures

Careers events

We offer a range of events to develop your skills and meet employers throughout the year. Check out:


Please be aware that study abroad, compulsory year abroad, optional placements/internships and integrated year in industry opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities or placement/industry hosts, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university's control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur.


Careers and Employability Service

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