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Professional Practice Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3 exemption) - PGDip

Course Description

This course is the last stage of the formal education required to register as an architect in the UK. It focuses on the legal, procedural, professional and managerial competencies needed to engage in architectural practice as an independent and reflective practitioner. The course covers the criteria specified by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for Part 3. The award offers a qualification prescribed by the ARB.

Key features
-The course consolidates your existing skills and learning. You gain core legal, procedural, professional and managerial competencies.
-The course is one of continuous assessment over an extended period and offers opportunities for you to critically evaluate your professional experience.
-The emphasis is on developing the skills required for reflective practice.
-This is a qualification prescribed by the ARB. The course is validated by RIBA and covers the ARB and RIBA criteria for Part 3. It represents the attainment of the minimum level of competence expected of an architect registered in the UK.

What will you study?

The curriculum has been devised to support and inform your work-based professional experience, providing modules in law, professional practice and relevant management issues. You will undertake a variety of individual and group assignments throughout the programme, however, your primary learning environment is within practice. You will be provided with scenarios and taken through the progress of several projects. These will extend and test your knowledge base and its application. You will build on and further develop the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired during your first degree, subsequent graduate education and periods of work-based learning.


Critical evaluation of professional experience (including specific case studies), a career appraisal, professional interview, scenario-based papers, individual and group assignments, and reflective summary.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Compulsory modules
-Law and the Professional
-Professional Services and Business Management
-Building Procurement and the Management of Projects
-Critical Practice

Visit the Professional Practice Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3 exemption) - PGDip page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dae Wha Kang

"Kingston University's Part 3 course was as rewarding and engaging as it was demanding. Having come from university and master's degree programs in the United States, and working at an international firm here in the UK, I was looking for a course that would give me a solid grounding in UK practice. The Kingston course was rigorous and the professors had a great deal of expertise. I would highly recommend Kingston to anyone hoping to register as an architect in the UK."


Entry Requirements

ARB/RIBA Parts 1 and 2 or exemptions; a minimum of 13 months of approved, logged experience, preferably in the UK; a high level of commitment to the course and support from your employer; and a good level of written and spoken English.

Last Updated

11 April 2017

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