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

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.
  • You will be assessed solely by coursework only, there are no exams to take as part of the course.

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.

Continual assessment through coursework (there are no exams) enabling you to get a thorough grounding in the issues throughout the year.

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





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