Year in Practice

The Year in Practice comprises one or more years of employment within architecture following the completion of an accredited Part 1 undergraduate degree.

About your Year in Practice

During the Year in Practice (YIP) you should be doing the kinds of work and tasks typically done by an architect in practice. This can cover a huge range of tasks and topics which may vary dependent on the size of the practice and the nature of projects being undertaken.

Before commencing our MArch (Part 2) courses, you are typically required to undertake a minimum of 9 months practical experience working in the field of architecture. This will give you time to learn and develop as a designer and offer insight into the wider construction industry. More information on MArch entry requirements is available on the School’s Website.

The Year in Practice can also contribute, as Stage 1 Practical Experience, towards your final professional qualification as an Architect through completing PEDR (Professional Experience and Development Record) under the supervision of an architect or another qualified construction industry professional.

You may choose to work for longer than one year to save money or to gain additional experience. Other options include taking time out to work in the wider construction industry, work overseas, volunteer or travel.

If you have any queries regarding the Year in Practice, please contact the SSoA’s Professional Studies Advisor (PSA):

RIBA Additional information

Year in Practice Timeline

YIP Practice Registration

Since September 2018 students will no longer formally register with the University for the Year in Practice, but SSoA will continue to provide practical support and advice, including monitoring of PEDR.

A Year in Practice fee is paid to the School of Architecture to cover the cost of monitoring and recording your Stage 1 PEDR for a period of up to two years. When you find a placement, it may be worth asking your practice whether they will pay or make a contribution to the fee. Payment need only be made at the point you are ready to submit your first PEDR, via our online store.