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If you've studied architecture, surveying or civil engineering, and have completed RIBA parts 1 and 2, our Final Examination in Professional Practice (part 3) Architecture course from the University of Portsmouth is the final step in becoming a professional architect.

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If you've studied architecture, surveying or civil engineering, and have completed RIBA parts 1 and 2, this Final Examination in Professional Practice (part 3) Architecture course is your final step to become a professional architect. When you graduate, you'll be able to apply for the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3) ARB/RIBA and practise as a qualified architect.

On this course you'll learn about current practice issues, legal and building legislation, and contractual issues in the industry, as well as improving your knowledge of the environment and sustainability, and the social and economic side of the construction industry. 

You'll join a smaller cohort of students than many postgraduate degrees and have plenty of opportunities to get to know your peers and lectures. You’ll learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and enhance your teamwork, communication and project management skills throughout the course. 

You’ll apply your learning in workshops including our Contract Workshop, where you'll practise your contract administration skills by following a series of scenarios and role play with a JCT Standard Building Contract. 

To apply for this course you need to hold RIBA Part 1 and Part 2, and have at least two years' experience in architectural practice. 12 months of this experience should be in a UK/EU practice. 

Course highlights

  • Study Practice Management, Law and Contract, as set out in the ARB/RIBA syllabus
  • Complete a case study of a live project, relevant to your current professional role
  • Use our design studios, featuring advanced architectural computer facilities, CNC milling machine, laser cutting machines, the virtual reality suite and professional printersBenefit from our nurturing teaching environment and a mix of lectures and workshops
  • Be supported by staff with extensive academic and architectural practice experience, and construction industry experts. 
  • Hear from industry experts working in UK construction, including barristers (Crown Office Chambers) , lawyers (Fenwick Elliott), solicitors, architects (National practices such as AHMM and local practices), and planning consultants (Savills)
  • Be eligible to apply for the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3) ARB/RIBA and practise as a qualified architect when you graduate

Careers and opportunities

To practice as an architect or use the title of Architect in the UK you must hold RIBA 1, 2 and 3. 

You'll graduate from this course with the skills and knowledge you need to work as an architect in the UK or abroad and have opportunities in both the public and private sectors. You may choose to start your own architectural practice.

When you apply for this course you'll already be working in an architectural practice. In addition to support from your employer you'll be supported by your supervisor, lecturers and fellow students. These networking opportunities mean you'll build your professional network during the course, which will benefit you whether you stay with your current employer or seek alternative employment once you graduate. 

Programme Structure


Practice Management, Law and Contract - 30 credits

Professional Experience and Practice - 60 credits

Topical Research Project - 30 credits

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Other requirements

General requirements

Professional status in Surveying, Architecture or Civil Engineering from a UK institution. RIBA part 1 and 2 are essential for entry. A case study project is required.

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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