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Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA 2)

Course Description

The Professional Diploma is a design-driven course that will enable you to focus your skills and develop excellence in your work.

About the course

In an increasingly competitive profession we distinguish ourselves as an academic forum engaged responsibly and directly with the world around us. We are committed to expanding the creative possibilities through courageous and ambitious engagement with the world around us. Design drives the speculation within the school, used as both tool and intention.

The Professional Diploma is a design-based course that will enable you to focus your skills and develop excellence in your work. The main areas of study are in design, technology and practice, and history and theory. Each area is taught through a wide choice of tutors, studios and interest groups with a strong emphasis on self-directed study and ambitious agendas. You are encouraged to explore particular lines of interest and develop ideas in depth.

The course as a whole encourages fresh thinking, experiment and risk. You will also be encouraged to understand and engage with the society you are part of and serve; and to engage with social, political and economic infrastructures that predetermine built form. Our students have had considerable successes in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President's medals, winning the RIBA Silver Medal in 2012, 2003 and 2002, and the Bronze in 2004.

The Department is housed in a purpose designed building on Whitechapel High Street, created by our own faculty architects, ARU, and has access to the Graduate Centre, designed by renowned architect, Daniel Libeskind. Students benefit from the course's central London location and its close proximity to its internationally renowned creative and industry hubs. The faculty's extensive networks encourage graduates of the course to expand their knowledge and skills through lectures, events and careers advice, leaving them with excellent career prospects.

You can watch a video of our course leader Nate Kolbe talking all about the Professional Diploma in Architecture here.

And you can watch a video of Professor Robert Mull giving an introduction to the Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2) here.


Your design projects will be assessed via your portfolio and a presentation at the end of the course. The history, theory and practice coursework is assessed through seminar papers and an essay. The technology studies are examined in portfolio and through a technology dissertation, coursework and professional reports.

Professional accreditation

Our course is fully accredited by the RIBA and ARB. Upon graduation you will receive your RIBA part 2 qualification, the second stage of three in the professional qualification of an Architect in the UK.

Modular structure

Over 50% of the course structure consists of design-based project work undertaken each year in a range of studios, led by well-respected tutor-practitioners. Other areas of study in technology, practice and history and theory operate both independently and in association with design projects. These strategies enable you to develop key ideas and skills toward the practice of architecture.

Read more details about the modules

After the course

After securing a Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA 2), many students decide to study the Examination in Professional Practice (RIBA 3), following a period of practical experience. RIBA 2 also enables you to progress to a specialised Masters course.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA 2) page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Gwen Anderson

3066.jpg Gwen, you’ve studied art in both New York and in London – how did it all start?

In 2006 I became a real estate agent in NYC because I was looking for another apartment and that was the best way to find a great place at that time. When I found the ideal apartment a year later there were a lot of walls and we didn’t have much art to cover them. I found out that to buy art was an expensive business, so I decided to make my own.

I attended the Art Student League on 57th street and started making abstract paintings with mixed media/collages. This is the place where some of my favorite artists studied such as: Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly. 48 paintings and three years later I moved to London where I completed a mixed media course and a Higher National Credit. After this year I continued on to a BA and then MA in Fine Art at The Cass at London Met, where I was taught and
coached by Patrick Brill, Rosemary McGoldrick, Ben Cain, Mike Stubbs and Andrea Medjesi Jones. They are amazing tutors and very generous with their time.

Tell us a bit about your current artwork – what made you choose to use silver on your paintings?

My parents came to the Netherlands as political refugees in the 1950s. I was born there and have lived in Amsterdam and other places for 28 years, in the Caribbean for eight years, in New York for 12 years, and now in London for six years. All this made me ‘homeless’ in a way. My paintings are a reflection of that; the roster of silver leaf is a clearing on which the painting happens.

Do you think that it’s important to have qualifications in order to be an artist?

I definitely think it’s important, especially in London. I have talked to gallerists and they said that they don’t even consider your art if you don’t have qualifications.

(Student Profile)

Brandon Kershner

3151.jpg "My passion for design began at a young age and carried into high school where I began learning how to sculpt and manipulate materials such as wood and metal. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this craft would lay the foundation for the rest of my career.

"After graduating high school, I accepted a scholarship to the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver Colorado to pursue a degree in Industrial Design. Over the next few years, my skill set developed tremendously and I quickly began showing and selling my work in local galleries as well as entering design competitions where I was able to find early success.

"In 2007, shortly after earning my BA, I was offered a design position at a Point of Purchase company in San Diego, California. During that time I lead the charge in designing custom retail displays with clients around the globe, communicating with overseas manufactures on a daily basis to manage the production of my designs.

"After a few years of working professionally, I realised my dream was evolving. I quickly discovered that in order to take my career to the next level, I would need a new challenge to pursue. This decision led me to London Metropolitan University.

"As an international student, London Met has provided me an opportunity to grow not only academically, but also professionally. Surrounding myself with European culture has diversified the scope through which I view design and has broadened my view of the world around us.

"Since enrolling my career as an independent designer has already began to look more promising. I've had a product published in Faces, a Swiss lifestyle and trend journal, as well as anticipating multiple lines of outdoor furniture that will hit the market in the next year.

"The opportunity I've experienced at London Met has given me the chance to grow as a designer and will give me a great advantage for years to come."

(Student Profile)

Kristina Lundvall

3154.jpg “I’ve learnt a lot here. I’ve appreciated the fact that the course is long enough to do each project really thoroughly”

Nina has just completed her two-year Professional Diploma in Architecture course.

“After my architecture course in Sweden, I decided to study in London. I visited different architectural schools and finally decided on north London because I knew about the tutors such as Professor Florian Beigel. I also had some friends who’d studied here before and they recommended it.

“I recently won the Derek Osbourne prize on the strength of my portfolio. I was also chosen to be part of the ‘Class of 2002’, comprised of the best architecture students in Britain by an architectural magazine called Building Design. I have also been nominated for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architecture) silver medal.

“The tutors are very helpful and friendly and we meet frequently to discuss projects.

We also have more formal presentations where people from outside such as practising architects and students from other architectural schools will come and look at our work. I’ve learnt a lot here. I’ve appreciated the fact that the course is long enough to do each project really thoroughly.

“We have really good workshops in the department and a café. The department is very socially orientated.

“I’m currently working for the Architecture Research Unit for my tutor. I think my immediate future is in London where the most interesting architectural jobs are to
be found.”

Winner of the RIBA Silver Medal 2002


Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Diploma course should have a good degree in architecture and RIBA Part 1. You are required to demonstrate your talent as a designer as well as your ability and motivation to complete the course successfully. Selected candidates are interviewed with their portfolio, which should include a wide range of work.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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