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Successful candidates gain eligibility to join the register at the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) and chartered membership with the RIBA

Reflect on the changing nature of professional practice, relevant legislation and alternative approaches to practice and management and the evolution of the professional architect

Develop your professional acumen in business organisation, management and commerce, marketing, advocacy, ethics and marketing, contracts and interpersonal skills

Benefit from a wide exposure to current issues in contracts, law, economic context and management

Study on a course that prepares you for registration and chartership

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The course offers a flexible learning programme comprising of three Study Units of three days duration each typically running from October to October. Study Units cover the following topics:

Marketing, Management and Practice

This component covers the skills, awareness and knowledge needed to understand the set-up, professional and economic management, marketing of a professional architectural practice in various forms.

Building Contracts 

This component covers the range of common building contracts, their application and the contractual relationships between contracted parties.

Architect and the Law 

This component covers legislation affecting contract law, planning and development, and the wider regulations related to architecture and the building industry.

Our Architectural Practice PG Dip enjoys close relationships with established practitioners, academics and consultants, who provide guidance on to topical issues in contracts, law, economics and management.


Practice, Management and Law

This module covers some of the key aspects of the role of the architect such as setting up, marketing and managing a practice, as well as Building Contract and the Architect and the Law. There are three assignments, each in the form of a long evaluative report on specific aspects of practice, management and law.

Case Study

This module leads to a substantive and evaluative written submission that demonstrates an ability to investigate several areas of architectural practice, normally by examining a project and formulating a report on its background and progress through RIBA Work Stages, or a comparative study of different projects in order to cover all the Stages. 

Evaluation of Practical Experience (& PEDR)

This module leads to a critical appraisal by the candidate covering the entire period of their professional experience.  

Practice Paper Exam and Professional Interview

This includes an Office-based exam which is intended to test professional competence in realistic conditions; and the summative assessment in the Professional Interview where the candidates are expected to demonstrate overall competency, and the ability to discharge the role of an architect in an ethical and professional manner according to the ARB/RIBA 2011 professional criteria.


You will receive lectures from practising architects, academics, and consultants in seminars, and in consultation on an individual basis relating to case studies. Work assignments are based on your practical experience. Assessment is through work assignments relating to the study units, a written examination taken in your place of employment, documentary submission comprising practical training record (log book/ PEDR), case study, evaluation of practical experience, and an employer’s report. This culminates in the professional interview.

The written examination is taken over two days and assesses the candidates understanding and application, based on scenarios that replicate legal, management and contractual problems that arise in professional practice. The case study and evaluation of professional experience are components assessed by professional examiners.

The PG Dip is a 12 month programme, commencing in October. During this time you will undertake 3 study units, each one being delivered in blocks of 3 days. In addition, you will be expected to undertake an average of 4 hours of independent study each week throughout the 12 months.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice (PG Dip) is a qualification leading to exemption from the ARB/RIBA Part III examinations. Successful candidates gain eligibility to join the register at the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) and chartered membership with the RIBA.

Graduate careers

If you successfully completed the Part 3 exam, you will normally qualify for registration as an architect through the Architects Registration Board (ARB), and for chartered status with RIBA. Students on the course have worked from the largest practices such as Foster Associates to small sole practitioners such as dm3 architecture.

Visit the Architectural Practice PG Dip (Part 3) page on the De Montfort University website for more details!




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