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The Professional Practice and Management in Architecture programme at University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is designed and structured to lay the foundation for 'life-long learning' in the architectural profession, and its primary purpose is to enable you to show competence in practice.

It stands out for its reflection of current thinking of the RIBA and the ARB, the objectives of the EU Architects' Directive, and the RIBA Core Curriculum requirements of Continuous Professional Development (CPD). CPD is available through short-course options, and further supports our excellent links with local architectural practices.

Direct industry and research input

This course is based in UWE Bristol's Faculty of Environment and Technology, and like other Architecture courses here, it's unique in offering a multidisciplinary environment that's geared towards the construction professions as a whole. The course team comprises qualified architects and a solicitor with a specialism in construction law, while the course content has contributions from lecturers across the department and industry specialists. This ensures the course is based on current and projected trends.

Architecture at UWE has a strong inter-disciplinary ethos and an excellent reputation in the industry. This course gives you access to the knowledge and Part-3 skills that relate directly to architectural practice, professionalism, and managing architecture's relationship with wider construction industry and society. These correspond to the requirements set out in the criteria published by the ARB/RIBA.

It also nurtures and develops the visual, written and oral communication skills vital to successful practice.

Careers / Further study

The course promotes lifelong learning and career progression in architectural practice, so it's an excellent boost for practising architects. It also supports the department in developing excellent Knowledge Exchange, including employer links and CPD opportunities.

Successful completion means you can apply to the ARB to be on the Register of Architects. When officially registered, you can also apply to become an RIBA Chartered member.


The course, is accredited by the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) as a Part 3 course, and satisfies the Part 3 Criteria for Validation, held jointly with both the professional bodies.

Programme Structure

To achieve the final award, you must complete these four Master's level modules:

  • Architectural Profession and Project Procedures - Provides an overview of the construction industry and the context the architectural profession operates in, while helping you develop an understanding procedures and management in building projects.
  • Procurement and Contract Management - We look into construction contract administration and practice, and the legislative and common law context of contracts, to help you develop practical skills in this area. We explore risk apportionment, procurement methods and contract strategy.
  • Practice Management and Personal Development - An overview of the practice management principles that relate directly to architecture, and an introduction to key transferable skills necessary in management roles.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    One year, starts January with an Induction in November

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Part-time - three day blocks

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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General Requirements

We normally require Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications prescribed by the Architects Registration Board or graduates of courses recognised for exemption from the RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 examination.

Applicants will normally be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an interview to demonstrate their professional experience, and this is also an opportunity to discuss the course in detail.

Pathway Courses 

Some international students may need additional education in order to qualify for a degree. In conjunction with its partner organisation, Kaplan International Pathways, the University of West England, Bristol offers a number of entry route options for students, including undergraduate and postgraduate pathway courses. 

A pathway course offers complete preparation for university-level study, and is taken at the UWE Bristol’s International College. Upon successful completion of their course at the required level, students planning to progress are guaranteed a place on their chosen degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


UWE Bristol offers a range of scholarships for international postgraduate students.

Please note: In order to apply for any UWE Bristol scholarships, you must have received an offer to study at UWE Bristol. Remember to apply for the course early to ensure your scholarship application can be considered.

Non-programme specific scholarships

  • Chancellor's Scholarship
  • Millennium Scholarship

Programme-specific scholarships

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MSc International Management Scholarship
  • Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences MSc Scholarship
  • Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences Dean’s Scholarship

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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