Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption)

10 months
4400 GBP/year
2700 GBP/year
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There are two separate entry and completion points per year, providing a flexible approach to obtaining the final professional qualification. The Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption) is provided by Birmingham City University.


What's covered in the course?

You’ll gain a critical understanding of legal requirements, practice management and construction procurement in the architecture industry, and the fundamentals of good architectural practice.

The Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption) is provided by Birmingham City University.

You’ll receive the support of outstanding professional staff whose extensive connections with architectural practices offer you exceptional opportunities. 

Lectures are delivered in four two-day intensive courses by a number of leading practitioners and experts in their field. They cover the legal framework, clients and building procurement, as well as practice and management.

Based on your own experience in architectural practice, you’ll be required to prepare a case study in two parts, one around a pre-contract issue and one around an issue arising during the construction phase of a contract. You’ll also use records of experience to develop a critical career appraisal.

You’ll be based in our multi-million pound City Centre Campus Parkside Building with access to advanced digital studios for rapid prototyping and digital production, as well as drawing, CAD and digital visual communication skills workshops.

Why Choose Us?

  • The course meets and exceeds the joint criteria set out by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA. Its scope corresponds with the guidelines for RIBA validation and ARB prescription.
  • Many students have degrees from other UK academic institutions for architecture, resulting in a dynamic body of high-calibre students.
  • Visiting tutors come from local practice and we involve other high profile practitioners, such as Eminent Architects, visiting professors and world-renowned consultants.

Choose your modules and study via CPD

Selected modules on this course are available through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This route allows you to select individual modules around your area of interest and study alongside current students.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Practice and Management 
  • Building Procurement and Contract Administration
  • Professional Experience and Development (including Viva) 
  • Case Study
  • Electives

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 10 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • At the final examination a minimum of 24 months' practical experience, 12 months of which may have been obtained after passing Part 1.
  • Entry to the final examination is based on advice by the Course Director that the candidate has sufficient and adequate experience of project management in excess of 24 months, all of which should have been recorded on the Professional Education and Development Resource (PEDR).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4400 GBP per year during 10 months.
  • National

    2700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2700 GBP per year during 10 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption)
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