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The RIBA MEAP access course is a three-day (19-21 June) program that prepares architects and graduates to be assessed by the Royal Institute of British Architects’.

The Membership Eligibility Assessment Panel (MEAP) meets twice a year to assess the applications of international architects and academics working outside the UK. This course is designed for architects wishing to develop their careers at an international practice management level.

Graduates with five years of architectural education (with or without RIBA validation) and with more than two years of professional practical experience are eligible to apply. Successful completion of the RIBA MEAP access course enables architects and non-UK graduates to apply for RIBA Chartered Membership.

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Course Content

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    • The course will comprise of three intense seminar days and two workshops to prepare candidates for submitting their assignments and portfolio to the Membership Panel.

      Day 1. Overview of the MEAP, legal themes and the RIBA Plan of Work

      • Introduction to the MEAP
      • Introduction to the ‘Legal Framework’
      • Principles of contract law
      • Dispute resolution
      • The RIBA Plan of Work
      • Practice support and networking
      • Action planning: next steps, independent study: assignments
      • Tutorials

      Day 2. Practice management and the Architect’s appointment

      • Types of Appointment and Architects role
      • Fees and Resourcing
      • Forms of Practice
      • Practice Management
      • HR and CPD
      • Plan of Work
      • Action planning: next steps, independent study: assignments
      • Practice support and networking review

      Day 3. Procurement and preparing the MEAP portfolio

      • Procurement 1
      • Procurement 2
      • ‘Managing client expectations’
      • Workshop 1: the written assignments
      • Workshop 2: the MEAP application and portfolio submission
      • Action plan
      • Tutorials
  • 5 years of architectural education (with or without RIBA validation). 2 years of practice experience, you may enrol for the MEAP access course while you are doing the two years practice.


The accommodation facilities our students stay in are located within the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District and managed privately by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development and Investment Limited Company.

All international students are guaranteed accommodation throughout their study at XJTLU. Accommodation options range from studios to five-bedroom apartments (subject to availability with preference given to advanced bookings).

Most students stay in the Wencui Parfait apartments where each student has a private bedroom with en-suite bathroom – the average monthly rental fee is RMB 1,600 per month. Rents range from RMB 1,200 per month to RMB 2,100 per month depending on the length of the contract.

If preferred, postgraduate international students can access cheaper, basic dormitory accommodation which is either single or shared with prices ranging from 300-500 RMB per month


About the University Summary

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. As an independent Sino-foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China.

The University currently offers approximately 90 degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering, business, finance, architecture, urban planning, language, culture and all are taught in English except for general and basic courses. Undergraduate students earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool. Postgraduate students receive a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Ministry of Education. All academic departments at XJTLU offer PhD opportunities, which help to fulfill XJTLU’s vision of “becoming a research-led international university in China and a Chinese university recognised internationally for its unique features”.

Located in Suzhou, a city that has been known in China as ‘paradise on the earth’ since ancient times, XJTLU enjoys a beautiful environment where there is a harmonious coexistence between the city’s rich cultural traditions and its rapid economic development. Suzhou is one of the most developed cities in China. Suzhou Industrial Park, China’s equivalent of Silicon Valley and a hub of global innovation, houses a large cluster of Fortune 500 companies, transnational enterprises and R&D centres, not only providing favourable conditions for XJTLU’s ongoing development but also numerous internship and job opportunities for XJTLU students.

The University Combines resources over and above the ordinary to deliver one of the greatest education systems in the world. Get detailed information about their campus, departments, and application time schedules by downloading the brochure. Apply to speak with your personal Program Advisor

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