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


Course Description

Overview

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.

Assessment

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

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

The Professional Practice Architecture PgDip consolidates your existing skills and learning. You gain core legal, procedural, professional and managerial competencies.

The PgDip is a prescribed qualification by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The programme covers both ARB and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) criteria for Part 3. It represents the attainment of the minimum level of competence expected of an architect registered in the UK.

Your primary learning environment is within practice with support from seminar sessions and scenario-based examples.

The course is one of continuous assessment over an extended period and offers opportunities for students to critically evaluate their professional experience.

The emphasis is on developing the skills required for reflective practice.

Many members of staff are research active or professional practitioners, which keeps your learning cutting-edge. You also benefit from the input of visiting speakers, giving an extra perspective to your studies.

We offer this course on a part-time study basis to help you fit your PgDip around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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

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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."


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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have: 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. If you have completed your architectural education outside the UK, you will need to satisfy the Architects Registration Board (ARB) that your academic qualifications are the equivalent of ARB Part 2, before being admitted to the course.

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