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Course content

This qualification leads to exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 3 examinations. Upon successful qualification, you will be eligible to join the ARB register and apply for chartered membership with RIBA. The term architect is a protected title and can only be used by ARB-registered architects in legal jurisdictions extended to or agreed by ARB. The course is relevant to the UK and the EU and has variable transferability beyond the UK and its territories, where the relevant law of the land has precedent. 

You will benefit from a flexible learning programme comprising a series of concentrated study blocks, an office-based examination (where you are employed) and a professional interview. We have close relationships with established practitioners, academics and leading consultants, who will provide exposure to a wide range of topical issues in contracts, law, economics and management.

There are three entry points for the course throughout the year, in January, May and September.


The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Core modules

  • Professional Experience & Development Record & Professional Interview
  • Career Evaluation & Professional Curriculum Vitae
  • Case Study
  • Written Examination in Professional Practice (Practice Based)
  • Written Examination in Contract Administration (Practice Based)

Job prospects

As a graduate, you will be able to gain the title and function of architect in the UK/EU via the registration or licensing bodies. Professional registration allows you endorsing privileges, legal title and status, as well as access to the professional market. As a fully qualified architect registered with the ARB, you will be able to secure employment with architectural practices, join a partnership or start your own practice.

Visit the Architectural Professional Practice - PGDip page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!




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