University of Greenwich

Degree level: Postgraduate

Architectural Practice (ARB/RIBA Part 3 Exemption) (Taught)

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Course summary

Our part-time postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Architectural Practice will bring you to the final stage of your training, preparing you for the realities of architectural practice. The architectural practice course is rooted in the description, explanation and analysis of current professional practice, pushing you to examine and debate your own methods of working. You'll cover areas including the architect and society, architectural management, and a Janus paper where you review your experience and consider your future development. Applicants are usually engaged in full-time architectural practice in the UK. This part-time course is taught over one evening per week in our new state-of-the-art Stockwell Street Building, which is designed by renowned architects Heneghan Peng. Successful completion will give you exemption from ARB/RIBA Part 3 examinations, eligibility to join the ARB register, and the opportunity to join the UK's register of architects. These allow you to continue into professional practice. What you should know about this course

  • This course is designed to create professionals who have the knowledge, drive and determination to succeed in the world of contemporary architecture.
  • You can begin the course in January or September. The concluding viva voce examinations (professional interviews) are also held twice a year.
  • This part-time course can be completed in 1 year or, to meet your circumstances, can offer flexible study options of up to 5 years
  • We encourage self-reflection, professionalism, drive and determination to help you succeed in the contemporary world of architecture.


All degree courses are made up of modules – individual units of study on different topics. Some modules are compulsory; others can be chosen from a list of options. Our website has full details of your degree structures, module content, and how each module is assessed. The direct link to this course on our website, can be found at the bottom of this page.

Assessment method

Assessment is via essays during the course rather than written exams. The course concludes with the submission of your case study and supporting material to external professional examiners before your professional interview and viva voce examination.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Architects Registration Board
  • Architects Royal Institute of British

Entry requirements

You will need to have qualifications recognised by Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 1 and Part 2 levels. "Applicants are asked to complete a 1 page questionnaire concerning their employment and professional development to date. on their film project work and creative portfolios. Applicants may be invited to an interview, although this can usually be conducted by telephone."

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £3100 Whole course
Northern Ireland £3100 Whole course
Scotland £3100 Whole course
Wales £3100 Whole course
EU £5000 Whole course
International £5000 Whole course

Additional fee information

These fees were set for the 2022/23 intake. Therefore, this may change for the 2023/24 academic year. Please follow this link for more information
Architectural Practice (ARB/RIBA Part 3 Exemption) at University of Greenwich - UCAS