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Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) (Architecture)

University of Portsmouth · Portsmouth School of Architecture
Short course

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Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

Professional status in Surveying, Architecture or Civil Engineering from a UK institution. RIBA part 1 and 2 are essential for entry.
English language requirements
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Selection process
A case study project is required.

Months of entry


Course content

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 is the final step in becoming a professional architect.

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, the social and economic side of the construction industry, and honing your practice and project management skills.
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.
Once you’ve completed this course, you can apply for the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3), which is recognised by the ARB and RIBA. You must already have RIBA Parts 1 and 2, as well as the minimum required practical training, documented in your Professional Experience and Development Record. With your Final Certificate in Architecture, you'll be eligible to join the register of architects held by the ARB.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
Debate and resolve real-life case studies
Complete a case study of a live project, relevant to your current professional role
Study Practice Management, Law and Contract, as set out in the ARB/RIBA syllabus
Use your professional judgement and problem-solving skills to develop your professional experience and practice
Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
Use our design studios, featuring advanced architectural computer facilities, CNC milling machine, laser cutting machines, a virtual reality suite and professional printers
Use our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, including thousands of books, electronic journals and newspapers
You can also do this course as a degree apprenticeship.
Careers and opportunities
Once you graduate, you'll have the skills and knowledge to start your career as a professional architect, working either in the UK or abroad. You'll have opportunities in both the public and private sectors, or you could choose to start your own architectural practice.
Career opportunities include:
Architectural design
Interior design
Landscape architecture
Urban design & master planning
Architectural technology
Project Management
Construction Management
What you'll study on this Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture degree course
You'll turn theory into practice, by studying case studies of live projects that are relevant to your job. You'll also learn alongside others in seminars, that will take place over 3 days.
Core units include:
Topical Research Project
Practice Management, Law and Contract
Professional Experience and Practice
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the architecture industry.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Teaching on this course includes:
study groups
self-directed learning
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
You'll be able to test your knowledge and skills informally before submitting assignments that count towards your final mark. You'll get feedback on assessments so you can improve in future.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Short course
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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