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Professional Practice Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3 Exemption), Postgraduate Diploma

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    Application Deadline
  • 11 months
University rank #591 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Professional Practice Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3 Exemption) course at Kingston University 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.


Key features

  • The Professional Practice Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3 Exemption) course at Kingston University 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.
  • You will be assessed solely by coursework only, there are no exams to take as part of the course.

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.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Law and the Professional
  • Professional Services and Business Management
  • Building Procurement and the Management of Projects
  • Critical Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 11 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8415 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8415 GBP per year and a duration of 11 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3320 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3320 GBP per year and a duration of 11 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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