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Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA 2

Course Description

The Professional Diploma is a design-driven course that will enable you to focus your skills and develop excellence in your work. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 96.9% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

In an increasingly competitive profession we distinguish ourselves as an academic forum engaged responsibly and directly with the world around us. We are committed to expanding the creative possibilities through courageous and ambitious engagement with the world around us. Design drives the speculation within the school, used as both tool and intention.

The Professional Diploma is a design-based course that will enable you to focus your skills and develop excellence in your work. The main areas of study are in design, technology and practice, and history and theory. Each area is taught through a wide choice of tutors, studios and interest groups with a strong emphasis on self-directed study and ambitious agendas. You are encouraged to explore particular lines of interest and develop ideas in depth.

The course as a whole encourages fresh thinking, experiment and risk. You will also be encouraged to understand and engage with the society you are part of and serve; and to engage with social, political and economic infrastructures that predetermine built form. Our students have had considerable successes in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President's medals, winning the RIBA Silver Medal in 2012, 2003 and 2002, and the Bronze in 2004.

The architecture subject area is housed in a purpose designed building on Whitechapel High Street, created by our own architects, ARU, and has access to the Graduate Centre, designed by renowned architect, Daniel Libeskind. Students benefit from the course's central London location and its close proximity to its internationally renowned creative and industry hubs. The School's extensive networks encourage graduates of the course to expand their knowledge and skills through lectures, events and careers advice, leaving them with excellent career prospects.


Your design projects will be assessed via your portfolio and a presentation at the end of the course. The history, theory and practice coursework is assessed through seminar papers and an essay. The technology studies are examined in portfolio and through a technology dissertation, coursework and professional reports.

Professional accreditation

Our course is fully accredited by the RIBA and ARB. Upon graduation you will receive your RIBA part 2 qualification, the second stage of three in the professional qualification of an Architect in the UK.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Advocacy: Practice Beyond Aesthetics (core, 20 credits)
-Applied Technology in Architecture (core, 40 credits)
-Design Level 4 Process and Proposal (core, 20 credits)
-Design Level 4 Subject and Context (core, 20 credits)
-Cinema and the City (option, 20 credits)
-Concepts of Space (option, 20 credits)
-Economics of Place (option, 20 credits)
-Forgetting of Air (option, 20 credits)
-Poetry and Architecture (option, 20 credits)
-Research for Spatial Planning and Specialism (option, 20 credits)
-Sustainable Communities and Governance of Place (option, 20 credits)
-The Problem of Irony (option, 20 credits)
-The Question of Technology (option, 20 credits)
-The Soundscape of Modernity (option, 20 credits)
-Urban Design (option, 20 credits)
-Writing About Architecture (option, 20 credits)

Year 2 modules include:
-Design Thesis Project: Resolution (core, 40 credits)
-Design Thesis Project: Specialisation and Proposition (core, 40 credits)
-Integrated Design Study (core, 20 credits)
-Advanced Digital Design Techniques (option, 20 credits)
-Changing Places (option, 20 credits)
-Critical Transformations (option, 20 credits)
-Digital Design Techniques (option, 20 credits)
-Energy Comfort and Buildings (option, 20 credits)
-Histories (option, 20 credits)
-Interpretation (option, 20 credits)
-Planning and Urban Practice (option, 20 credits)
-Planning and Urban Theory (option, 20 credits)
-Theories (option, 20 credits)

After the course

After securing a Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA 2), many students decide to study the Examination in Professional Practice (RIBA 3), following a period of practical experience. RIBA 2 also enables you to progress to a specialised Masters course.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Visit the Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA 2 page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Gwen Anderson

3066.jpg Gwen, you’ve studied art in both New York and in London – how did it all start?

In 2006 I became a real estate agent in NYC because I was looking for another apartment and that was the best way to find a great place at that time. When I found the ideal apartment a year later there were a lot of walls and we didn’t have much art to cover them. I found out that to buy art was an expensive business, so I decided to make my own.

I attended the Art Student League on 57th street and started making abstract paintings with mixed media/collages. This is the place where some of my favorite artists studied such as: Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly. 48 paintings and three years later I moved to London where I completed a mixed media course and a Higher National Credit. After this year I continued on to a BA and then MA in Fine Art at The Cass at London Met, where I was taught and
coached by Patrick Brill, Rosemary McGoldrick, Ben Cain, Mike Stubbs and Andrea Medjesi Jones. They are amazing tutors and very generous with their time.

Tell us a bit about your current artwork – what made you choose to use silver on your paintings?

My parents came to the Netherlands as political refugees in the 1950s. I was born there and have lived in Amsterdam and other places for 28 years, in the Caribbean for eight years, in New York for 12 years, and now in London for six years. All this made me ‘homeless’ in a way. My paintings are a reflection of that; the roster of silver leaf is a clearing on which the painting happens.

Do you think that it’s important to have qualifications in order to be an artist?

I definitely think it’s important, especially in London. I have talked to gallerists and they said that they don’t even consider your art if you don’t have qualifications.

(Student Profile)

Brandon Kershner

3151.jpg "My passion for design began at a young age and carried into high school where I began learning how to sculpt and manipulate materials such as wood and metal. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this craft would lay the foundation for the rest of my career.

"After graduating high school, I accepted a scholarship to the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver Colorado to pursue a degree in Industrial Design. Over the next few years, my skill set developed tremendously and I quickly began showing and selling my work in local galleries as well as entering design competitions where I was able to find early success.

"In 2007, shortly after earning my BA, I was offered a design position at a Point of Purchase company in San Diego, California. During that time I lead the charge in designing custom retail displays with clients around the globe, communicating with overseas manufactures on a daily basis to manage the production of my designs.

"After a few years of working professionally, I realised my dream was evolving. I quickly discovered that in order to take my career to the next level, I would need a new challenge to pursue. This decision led me to London Metropolitan University.

"As an international student, London Met has provided me an opportunity to grow not only academically, but also professionally. Surrounding myself with European culture has diversified the scope through which I view design and has broadened my view of the world around us.

"Since enrolling my career as an independent designer has already began to look more promising. I've had a product published in Faces, a Swiss lifestyle and trend journal, as well as anticipating multiple lines of outdoor furniture that will hit the market in the next year.

"The opportunity I've experienced at London Met has given me the chance to grow as a designer and will give me a great advantage for years to come."

(Student Profile)

Kristina Lundvall

3154.jpg “I’ve learnt a lot here. I’ve appreciated the fact that the course is long enough to do each project really thoroughly”

Nina has just completed her two-year Professional Diploma in Architecture course.

“After my architecture course in Sweden, I decided to study in London. I visited different architectural schools and finally decided on north London because I knew about the tutors such as Professor Florian Beigel. I also had some friends who’d studied here before and they recommended it.

“I recently won the Derek Osbourne prize on the strength of my portfolio. I was also chosen to be part of the ‘Class of 2002’, comprised of the best architecture students in Britain by an architectural magazine called Building Design. I have also been nominated for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architecture) silver medal.

“The tutors are very helpful and friendly and we meet frequently to discuss projects.

We also have more formal presentations where people from outside such as practising architects and students from other architectural schools will come and look at our work. I’ve learnt a lot here. I’ve appreciated the fact that the course is long enough to do each project really thoroughly.

“We have really good workshops in the department and a café. The department is very socially orientated.

“I’m currently working for the Architecture Research Unit for my tutor. I think my immediate future is in London where the most interesting architectural jobs are to
be found.”

Winner of the RIBA Silver Medal 2002


Entry Requirements

You will be required to have: a good degree in architecture; passed RIBA Part 1; the ability to demonstrate your talent as a designer as well as your motivation to complete the course successfully. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS.

Last Updated

13 December 2016

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