Taught course

Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption)

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Entry requirements

RIBA Part 1 and RIBA Part 2 or an equivalent qualification that the ARB has formally recognised. In certain circumstances this might include working towards a recognised ARB qualification subject to qualifications and experience.

And including one of the following, or equivalent:

  • GCSE (grade C or above) in English Language
  • IELTS: overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent). Candidates should have achieved a score of at least 6.0 in each category
  • TOEFL: overall score of 550 or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: grade C or above
  • IGCSE English Language: grade C or above
  • Hong Kong Use of English test: grade C or above.

At the final examination, candidates must have gained a minimum of 24 months’ practical experience, 12 months of which must be within the two years preceding the final Part 3 interview.

Entry to the final examination is based on advice by the Course Director that the candidate has sufficient and adequate experience of project management in excess of 24 months, all of which should have been recorded on the Professional Education and Development Resource (PEDR).

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Successful completion of the programme gives you recognition for RIBA Part 3, registration with the Architects Registration Board, direct access to title as an architect and therefore gain membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

There are two separate entry and completion points per year, providing a flexible approach to obtaining the final professional qualification. Intensive two-day lecture and workshop sessions are supported by weekend revision and study groups, which allow the programme to be delivered harmoniously alongside your existing work commitments.

Aimed at students engaged in architectural practice, this postgraduate course gives you the skills and knowledge to gain your qualification. It can also form the basis of your ongoing professional architectural development.

You’ll gain a critical understanding of legal requirements, practice management and construction procurement in the architecture industry, and the fundamentals of good architectural practice.

You’ll receive the support of outstanding professional staff whose extensive connections with architectural practices offer you exceptional opportunities. Lectures are delivered in four two-day intensive courses by a number of leading practitioners and experts in their field. They cover the legal framework, clients and building procurement, as well as practice and management.

Based on your own experience in architectural practice, you’ll be required to prepare a case study in two parts, one around a pre-contract issue and one around an issue arising during the construction phase of a contract. You’ll also use records of experience to develop a critical career appraisal.

You’ll be based in our multi-million pound City Centre Campus Parkside Building with access to advanced digital studios for rapid prototyping and digital production, as well as drawing, CAD and digital visual communication skills workshops.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    10-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)121 331 6295