12 months
3100 GBP/year
3100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Professional Practice Part 3 RIBA course at London South Bank University is the final part of an architectural student’s professional training and the culmination of a minimum of seven years’ academic study and professional experience.

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The Professional Practice Part 3 RIBA course at London South Bank University builds on the professional experience and knowledge students have gained over this period, and is intended to assist them acquire the appropriate skills, awareness and abilities to demonstrate professional competence and integrity.

The course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects; successful students can apply for registration as an architect with the ARB and for chartered membership of the RIBA.

Professional architectural practice is being provided through a diverse and increasingly broad range of activities, frequently with conflicting demands. Architects must be able to navigate through the wide spectrum of legislative, regulatory, statutory and commercial constraints, and act ethically and with integrity to provide and communicate appropriate and effective professional services to clients, stakeholders and the wider society.

The RIBA Professional Practice Part 3 course helps students to be aware of, reflect on and act in accordance with these disparate aspects, in support of their architectural aspirations and skills.


The final qualification in the study of architecture is the Part 3, in which 5 years’ academic education and a minimum of 2 years’ professional experience is crystallised and evaluated against the minimum standards set by the profession for the competence and conduct of an architect.

The RIBA Professional Practice Part 3 course is prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA, and validation cycles ensure that course content and outputs remain completely relevant and retain close appropriateness to professional practice. The course was commended by the RIBA in its re-validation in 2018.

Whilst the university has no means to ensure the economic situation nationally and globally will guarantee employment, the work graduates will have completed at the end of this course is intended to make them competitive in employment.


  • RIBA
  • ARB

Programme Structure

The course comprises the following modules.

  • Lecture series and examination
  • Case study and records of professional experience
  • Career evaluation and professional interview

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The course and examination are open to students who have obtained their ARB/RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications, or their equivalents as recognised by the Architects Registration Board.
  • At the time of entry into the examination, candidates should have recently completed a minimum of 24 months' suitably recorded appropriate professional experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry which should include at least 12 months working in the EEA, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, under the direct supervision of an architect.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3100 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    3100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3100 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


International undergraduate and postgraduate students scholarships:

    International Scholarships
  • LSBU is offering scholarships and discounts to hundreds of students via our International Scholarships
  • International Merit Scholarships
  • We offer students pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate taught programmes with outstanding academic profiles a fee reduction of up to £4,000 on each full academic year's tuition fees.
    LSBU Loyalty Award
  • We offer postgraduate Tuition Fee discounts for LSBU graduates progressing directly onto a postgraduate course and eligible alumni.
    ONCAMPUS London South Bank Merit Scholarship
  • 25% fee reduction to ONCAMPUS London South Bank students progressing to university degree programmes.

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