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Professional purpose

This programme is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as conferring exemption from the Part 3 examinations of the RIBA, and is formally prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of admission to the Register of Architects. Admission to the Register is mandatory for all persons who wish to carry on business under the name, style or title containing the word 'architect'.

Successful graduates from the programme will be able to obtain statutory registered status with the ARB and attain Chartered membership of the RIBA.

The programme is unconditionally validated by the RIBA and prescribed by the ARB.


The emphasis is on an intensive, integrated, practice-based approach to the management of the practice of architecture.

The programme provides the opportunity for eligible candidates to qualify to practice within the profession within 12 months of commencing the course.

Who should apply?

All candidates wishing to register onto the programme must have already completed an established programme in architecture and gained a validated Part 1 and Part 2 degree qualification at a recognised university/institution within the UK.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/taught-programmes/practice/index.html


Semester 1 (October 2016 - January 2017)
Registration and introductory seminar - Thursday 6 October 2016, 10am-4.30pm
Case study workshop - Thursday 27 October 2016, 10am-4pm

Semester 2 (February 2017 - March 2017)
Taught lecture course - Monday 20 March 2017 - Friday 24 March 2017
Revision seminar - Thursday 4 May 2017, 10am-4pm
Written examinations - Wednesday 17 May 2017 (am) and Thursday 18 May 2017 (am)

Summer Period (June 2017 - September 2017)
Documentary submission - Monday 14 August 2017
Final oral examinations - Thursday 14 September 2017 and Friday 15 September 2017

Further information:
Individual tutorials will be arranged from January to June at a time and place to suit the Director of Studies and the candidate. Wherever possible, one tutorial will be held at the candidate's Practice. Other tutorials will be arranged at the University or at the candidate's Practice.

All formal teaching sessions and examinations will take place at the University of Bath. Applicants must be able to attend all sessions.


AR50326: Practice and project management:
- An intensive lecture course held over five days, structured in response to the subject areas defined within the RIBA/ARB criteria.

- Lectures are delivered by members of the academic staff within the Department, the programme director and by visiting specialists from other parallel professions of law, construction law and statutory legislation.

- Candidates also attend a separate revision session.

- Assessment is by two closed book written examinations, which candidates must pass to be be able to progress to the oral examination. Candidates will be granted one attempt only to recover one or both of the written papers, and should the minimum passing standard not be achieved at this second attempt, the candidate is required to withdraw from the programme.

AR50327: Professional practice:
A) Documentary submission, comprising:
- Case study (8,000-10,000 words)
- Professional Curriculum Vitae
- Professional Career Evaluation (4,000 words)
- Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR).

B) Oral examination.

See programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ar/ar-proglist-pg.html#F) for more information.

English language requirements


- IELTS: a score of at least 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in each category
- PTE Academic: Minimum of 69 with no less than 62 in each component.

Only English language tests taken up to two years prior to the date that you are due to start your studies are valid for entrance purposes.

All candidates are expected to hold a position of reasonable seniority within an Architects’ practice in the United Kingdom, and to demonstrate a minimum of 12-months experience in practice in the United Kingdom since gaining their Part 2 qualification. Candidates are therefore expected to be fully competent in written and spoken English within their practising environment.

Further terms and conditions (PDF) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/taught-programmes/practice/PGCert-TCs.pdf).

About the department

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering brings together the related disciplines of Architecture and Civil Engineering. It has an interdisciplinary approach to research, encompassing the fields of Architectural History and Theory, Architectural and Structural Conservation, Lightweight Structures, Hydraulics and Earthquake Engineering and Dynamics.

Our Department was ranked equal first in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for its research submission in the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit of assessment.

Half of our research achieved the top 4* rating, the highest percentage awarded to any submission; and an impressive 90% of our research was rated as either 4* or 3* (world leading/ internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour).

The dominant philosophy in the joint Department is to develop postgraduate programmes and engage in research where integration between the disciplines is likely to be most valuable. Research is carried out in collaboration with other departments in the University, particularly Management, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/taught-programmes/practice/index.html#tabtitle4

Visit the Professional Practice/RIBA Part 3 (PG Cert) page on the University of Bath website for more details!




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