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RIBA Professional Practice Part 3

Course Description

This popular and highly renowned course has been running for over thirty years. The course offers a rigorous and ethical professional practice course that is designed to be compatible with office working practice.

The Course consists of a series of 18 evening lectures held weekly starting at 6.30 pm on Wednesdays. During the course students are tutored on a one to one basis in the preparation of their 10,000 word Case Study, their 2,000 word Career Evaluation and their PEDR, professional experience record, monitored by the Course Director.

The Part 3 Course is validated by RIBA and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board. Appropriately qualified candidates who pass the Part 3 Examination with two years professional experience are eligible to apply to the Architects Registration Board to register as Architects.

Candidates who do not have a recognised Part 2 in Architecture may wish to do the taught course as a CPD activity and to improve their knowledge of Professional Practice. In this instance they will not be eligible to apply for RIBA Part 3 examination.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/riba-professional-practice-part-3


The course starts with a eighteen week evening lecture course supplemented with tutorials, case-study seminars and study groups.

This course aims to prepare Architecture students who have RIBA Part 2 with adequate professional experience coming forward to the Part 3 Professional Practice examination. The Professional Practice course covers salient and significant areas of the Professional Practice syllabus as set out by RIBA including; current building legislation, planning, contract law, types of building contract, management of architecture, practice and construction, financial control, business management, professional liability and dispute resolution.

Four weeks before the written examinations there is an examination preparation seminar to guide students for the examination and by "playing the contract game" acquaint them with the workings of a JCT contract.

- Lecture series and exam
- Case study
- Career evaluation and professional interview


The Professional Practice course is suitable for candidates who wish to prepare for the RIBA Part 3 Examination or for those who wish to gain a greater understanding of professional practice as it relates to Architecture as part of a CPD Programme. Candidates who wish to undertake the course as a CPD activity will not be permitted to sit the Part 3 examination.

The following firms have recently sponsored their staff on this course:
Foster and Partners, EPR, Hamiltons, Hawkins/Brown, Squire and Partners, Allies and Morrison, Broadway Malyan, Sheppard Robson, Terry Farrell, Tangram, Porphyrios Associates, Grimshaw, Fletcher Priest Architects, and The Richard Rogers Partnership.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. - Professional accreditation
Successful completion of the course and passing all parts of the Professional Practice Examination gives exemption from the RIBA Part 3 examination and enables candidates to register with the Architecture Registration Board (ARB) of the UK and also join RIBA as a corporate member. We are also accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

The members' organisation Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture. They provide standards, training, support and recognition that put members around the world at the peak of their profession.

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the UK's statutory register of architects, ensuring that graduates from our courses are competent to practice.

Visit the RIBA Professional Practice Part 3 page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship - 20+ Awards

At London South Bank University (LSBU) we understand how important a postgraduate degree is to career progression and professional fulfilment. The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship programme offers a range of awards from £1,000 bursaries to full fee waivers, creating opportunities for a variety of postgraduate students. The programme is made possible by donations to the University's Annual Fund from alumni and other supporters.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Home, EU or International students who have firmly accepted their unconditional or conditional offer of a place to study on an eligible postgraduate programme at LSBU are invited to apply for a scholarship in up to three categories. Their application will be assessed and, if successful, the student will receive one award. Only one application is allowed.

Application Procedure

You will be invited to apply online via email after you firmly accept your unconditional or conditional offer to study at LSBU. We recommend you apply for your place at LSBU as soon as possible to ensure you have been made an offer by the scholarship deadline of Friday 10 July, 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Suitable for UK students of architecture who have passed both RIBA Parts 1 and 2 in Professional Practice as part of their degree and diplomas or, for overseas students/architects, Architects Registration Board (ARB) recognition of equivalency of qualifications to RIBA Parts 1 and 2. Overseas students ARB recognition of equivalency of qualifications to RIBA Parts 1 and 2.

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