Version 1.0 - Last Updated: 16 Feb 2021
Creating a postgraduate master’s course
The 2 parts of an architecture course may be treated as a single course for student support purposes. They may thus receive the undergraduate level of funding.
This is unaffected if a student undertakes a year’s practical experience between the 2 parts. The 2 parts can still be treated as a single course even if a student takes a break of more than 1 year between them, as long as it is clear that the student did not withdraw from the overall course at the end of part 1.
For example, a student completes part 1 and a year of practical experience, then decides to take a year out before starting part 2. They can still be treated as attending the same single course if the facts of their case do not show that they withdrew from the course at the end of part 1.
The regulations mean that students do not need to declare their intention to attend both parts before starting or completing part 1.
For the course to be treated as a single course the student must:
- not withdraw between parts 1 and 2
- not change mode of study
- not have an excessive gap between completing the 2 parts
If a student applies for support for part 2 of the architecture course without a part 1 course, we cannot treat it as part of a single course. In this case, the student will not qualify for undergraduate support. They could apply for postgraduate master's support if the course meets the designation criteria.
The single course provision only applies to full-time courses. Students who have switched mode of study or are studying both courses part-time will not qualify for undergraduate support for part 2. They could be eligible for postgraduate master's support if the course meets the designation criteria.
The same rules apply to Welsh students as English students with the following exceptions.
From AY 2018/19 the Welsh Government changed the single course provision to include full-time and part-time courses. Students who are taking both courses, full-time or part-time, can qualify for undergraduate support for part 2 of the course.
In this scenario for AY 2018/19, the student will need to be a 2018 cohort student for both part 1 and part 2.
There are 2 parts of an architecture course that are treated as one single course for student support purposes.
You should add these courses to CMS through the undergraduate route. For more information on adding undergraduate courses please see the chapters about creating a full-time undergraduate course and creating a part-time undergraduate course.
Students applying for Part 2 courses should apply for postgraduate funding when:
- the gap between the part 1 and part 2 course is longer than 3 years
- the student has withdrawn from their study before beginning the part 2 course
- the student is undertaking the part 2 course on a part-time basis (England only)
- the student has changed mode of study
- the course does not lead to qualification as an architect
You should add these courses on CMS through the postgraduate route, choosing the Master of Architecture qualification. We will assess the student’s application and decide if this is the correct funding level for them.
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