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Professional Accreditations

Our accreditations confirm our programmes meet the standards of professional bodies, helping ensure we can prepare you for your future career.

Royal Institute of British Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects is a professional body for architects. It stands for the advancement of architecture under its charter granted in 1837 and Supplemental Charter granted in 1971. 

The RIBA identifies courses which achieve its own high standards, ensuring the course in question prepares students for professional careers in architecture.

The School works with the north-east office of Royal Institute of British Architects which provides support with student events, through their Future Leaders initiative and the Young Architectural Practioner's Forum.

Architects Registration Board

The Architects Registration Board is the UK regulating authority for architects. Those wanting to practice architecture in the UK under the title ‘Architect’ must seek registration. 

It is the Board’s role to maintain the Register of Architects. They must ensure that standards within the profession are upheld, for the benefit of the public and for architects. 

The Board recognises BA Architecture, MArch, and Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management courses as routes to professional accreditation for an Architect.

We offer a full accredited route to qualification as a registered architect in the UK. You'll complete programmes prescribed by the RIBA and the ARB at Part I, II and III.

Royal Town Planning Institute

This Institute is the only body in the UK responsible for the professional certification of planners. 

They lead the way in promoting planning, developing and shaping policy, setting standards for education and professional development.

Employers recognise the high quality of skills and experience held by Chartered Town Planners. Chartered membership within the Institute demonstrates a professional code of conduct. It also shows potential clients you are trustworthy whilst ensuring they remain at the forefront of new developments, legislative changes, and the latest knowledge in planning

We have a range of urban planning and design programmes accredited by the Institute which meet the requirements for chartered membership.

The School also has a close relationship with Royal Town Planning Institute North East. Events are often held at the University and the regional office takes an active role in our career and further progression events. 

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors are a global professional body. They promote and enforce the highest international standards. This covers:

  • valuation
  • management 
  • development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure

RICS accredits 125,000 qualified and trainee professionals. By obtaining ‘Chartered Surveyor’ status through the Institution, professionals prove their industry standard. This covers both work production and ethics. It also shows clients that a professional body regulates and authorises them.

Both the Master of Planning and MSc Urban Planning (Development pathway) degrees have accredited status from the Institution.

Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice. 

Its aim, through the work of its members is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. It provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners including: 

  • landscape scientists
  • landscape planners
  • landscape architects
  • landscape managers 
  • urban designers

Our Master of Landscape Architecture postgraduate degree has candidate accreditation. We will be applying for full accreditation once the first cohort of students graduates in 2022.

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