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Architecture (Professional Practice, RIBA part 3) PGDip

Architecture (Professional Practice, RIBA part 3) PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Architecture (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This third and final adjunct of architectural education is designed to take place during the second period of mandatory practical training after the completion of the Part 2. The course can be completed in 12 to 24 months, according to employment circumstances. Graduates of the course receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice and can apply for registration with ARB, and for Chartered membership of the RIBA.

The Diploma is the final part of an architectural student’s professional training and the culmination of a minimum of seven years’ education and professional development. The content of the course and each module builds on the professional experience and knowledge that you will have gained over this period.

The Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture is a professional qualification leading to registration as an architect with ARB and professional membership of the RIBA. Students who have successfully completed the course have obtained senior positions or taken greater responsibility in architectural practice, developed their own architectural practice, and also gone on to work overseas. Former students have also developed specialism in construction law. The Diploma may also form a platform for continuing study in academia and research and may lead to study for an MPhil/PhD degree.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time evening


1 year

Start date



This work-based module allows you to choose an architectural project to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding through analysis and evaluation of a project and the professional, legal, organisational events relevant to architectural practice. You will develop your analytical and evaluative skills, and your ability to present clearly complex data and events. The module builds on the theoretical models and practical examples studied in the taught modules, and develops your understanding of the key areas of professional practice, design and construction and provides an opportunity to make professional judgements and recommendations for future practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£500 per 20 credit modules

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£500 per 20 credit modules

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have obtained RIBA Parts 1 and 2 from a recognised school of architecture or have successfully passed the ARB assessment for RIBA Parts 1 and 2.

University information

The University of Westminster provides practical, rounded education so that people from every background can realise their true potential. We foster innovation and creativity, informed by professional practice and inspired by research. Through close links with industry, professional practice and academia in London, overseas and across the world, the University of Westminster creates rewarding connections between research, teaching and...more

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