Architecture Postgraduate Diploma Professional Practice (RIBA Part III)

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UKPASS code: 004381 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Part-time evening only
Start: 15 September 2016
Duration: 1 year
Location: Central London
Campus: Marylebone

Important tuition fee information – please read.
Price per 20-credit module.

Home/EU: £500.00
Overseas: £500.00

This course is now full for 2016 entry, but we are accepting applications for 2017 entry.

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.

On this course, you will take modules totaling 120 credits, therefore the course fee for 2016/17 is calculated at £3,000.

Course content

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.

Core modules

English Law, Regulations, Contracts and Procurement

This module investigates the principles of construction law, relevant statutory regulations, procurement, forms of construction contract and dispute resolution. It is delivered as a series of ten lectures with question and answer sessions. You will be expected to carry out self-directed learning during the semester relating to each lecture topic.

Architectural Practice Management

This module aims to develop your understanding of the role and value of the architect in the commissioning, procurement and management of architectural projects. It builds on the legal and practice models studied in the law module and places them in a wider managerial context. It also introduces and applies generic management principles and relevant procedures to the key elements of the design and construction cycle, and places current practice in the context of wider developments in construction and the built environment. Topics covered include organisational and financial management in architectural practice, marketing and briefing, the Plan of Work, and the role of the professional in the construction team. It is delivered as an intensive three-day short course during January.

Professional Case Study

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.

Professional Development and Experience

This work-based module consists of the Professional Experience and Development Record, a professional Curriculum Vitae, a Critical Self-Appraisal and an Oral Examination (the Viva Voce). The module enables you to assess the experience you require for practice, to evaluate your achievements and experiential learning in the professional workplace, and to demonstrate your professional judgement based on that experience.

Associated careers

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.

Length of course

One year part-time, one evening per week in Semester One (usually Mondays), three days of intensive full-time attendance in Semester Two, plus tutorials. Please note, this timetable is subject to change.

Course team

Stephen Brookhouse, Course Leader
Samir Pandya, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture


Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

A flexible professional course

Flexible learning -The course can be completed in 12 to 24 months, according to employment circumstances.

Designed to directly benefit your work - you are encouraged to use your workplace as a teaching resource, to evaluate your professional experience and share this with your peers.

Central London location and contacts

Our central London location provides direct access to professional institutions and practice. The course is informed by current practice.

The course is led by a full-time course leader and supported by visiting lecturers who are professional architects practising in diverse areas of architecture and construction.  

Join a diverse and vibrant student community, with one of the UK's largest international student populations

World class facilities

Study at the newly refurbished Marylebone Campus, where a £20million development has provided world-class facilities.

Cutting-edge research

A strong research base informs our teaching – 20% of our research in Architecture and the Built Environment was judged as 'World Leading and a further 45% as 'Internationally Excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Upcoming postgraduate information evenings

16 November 2016Postgraduate Information EveningHarrow, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone, Regent Street
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