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The Management, Practice and Law In Architecture PGDip (RIBA Part 3) represents the last part of the formal education of an architect in the UK, drawing on the knowledge and experience that students have gathered throughout their time in the design and construction industries.

The postgraduate diploma in Professional Practice at Brighton is a professionally recognised qualification, with successful completion of the course allowing candidates to register with the ARB and seek election as a member of the RIBA. The Part 3 course is led and delivered by active, award-winning architects and construction-industry professionals.

Course structure

The course comprises three two-day sessions and one one-day session, all spread out across the academic year. They include lectures, seminars, role-play sessions and simulations on the various topics that make up the RIBA Part 3 criteria.

These sessions are designed to support and develop each student's 'live' professional experience. They provide a creative and professional framework for further intellectual and professional development, as well as engagement in the design and construction industries beyond the completion of the course.

Recording and Planning Professional Experience and Development (20 credits)

This module comprises the collation of your professional experience with the submission of PEDRs (or certificates of professional experience) and career evaluation.

Case Study (40 credits)

The case study is an 8,000-10,000 word piece in which you reflect on the design and production of a project from conception to completion.

Principles of Professional Management, Practice and Law (60 credits)

This module comprises a five-week open-book examination and viva-voce examination where professional assessors will rigorously test your knowledge and understanding.

Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.

Careers and employability

The Architecture RIBA Part 3 is the final stage of your architectural training and, on completion, qualifies you for registration with the Architect Registration Board (ARB). You will also officially be able to use the title 'architect' and become a charactered member of the RIBA.


Visit the Management, Practice and Law in Architecture (PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

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