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PgDip Architectural Practice (RIBA Part III exemption)

Course Description


This course is aimed at students engaged in architectural practice. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to obtain their qualification.

It can also form the basis of students' ongoing professional architectural development. Students will gain a critical understanding of legal requirements, practice management and construction procurement in the architecture industry, and the fundamentals of good architectural practice.

Based on individual experience in architectural practice, students will be required to prepare a case study in 2 parts, 1 around a pre-contract issue and 1 around an issue arising during the construction phase of a contract. Records of experience will also be used to develop a critical career appraisal.

Upon completion, students can register with the Architects Registration Board, use the title architect and become a full member of the RIBA.


Professional Practice and Management
Building Procurement and Contract Administration
Professional Experience and Development (including Viva)
Case Study


Students will be assessed in 5 parts: record of experience (which includes professional experience record sheets, CV and self-appraisal), case study, essay, open practice and management paper, open book written examination and oral examination.

Visit the PgDip Architectural Practice (RIBA Part III exemption) page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students should have obtained RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) parts 1 and 2 or ARB (Architects Registration Board): recognised equivalent. In addition, before being permitted to sit the final examination, students should have completed a minimum of 24 months full-time professional practice experience.Students whose 1st language is not English should have either GCSE (grade C or above) in English Language, IELTS: 6.5 or above, TOEFL: 550 or above, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: grade C or above, IGCSE English Language: grade C or above, Hong Kong Use of English test: grade C or above.

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