Taught course

Architectural Practice

De Montfort University · Leicester School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Completion of the MArch or equivalent ARB/RIBA Part II qualification. Candidates are expected to have a minimum of 4 PEDR sheets; the Leicester School of Architecture permits completion of an additional 4 PEDR sheets during the PG Dip Course, to make up the requisite 8 sheets prior to the PG Dip examinations. Candidates are expected to be in current professional employment. Applicants whose prior qualifications were not conducted in the English language are required to have an IELTS score of 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

The Architectural Practice Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip, part 3) is a qualification leading to exemption from the ARB/RIBA Part III
examinations. Successful candidates gain eligibility to join the register at the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) and chartered membership with the RIBA.

The course offers a flexible learning programme comprising of three day study blocks typically from October to October, a final two-day exam (which can be taken in the office where you are employed) and a professional interview. The Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) PG Dip enjoys an excellent reputation, close relationships with established practitioners, academics and leading consultants, who provide a wide exposure to topical issues in contracts, law, economics and management. The PG Dip is offered in collaboration with the University of Nottingham.

If you successfully complete the PG Dip in Architectural Practice, you will gain exemption from ARB/ RIBA Part III examinations, and you may then apply to join the register of 'Architects' with the ARB and for chartered member status with RIBA. You would then be able to use the title 'Architect' and have access to markets where ARB registration affords.

Information for international students

Some international students may be eligible for a scholarship and/or an early payment discount of up to £500. For more information, visit dmu.ac.uk/international.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Professional practice20

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0)116 2 50 60 70