Architecture RIBA Part 3 PGDip


Architecture RIBA Part 3 (Image: Ricky Kwok) 


The RIBA Part 3 course is the last part of a formal education of an architect in the UK and draws on the knowledge and experience that students have gleaned throughout their post-part 1 and post-part 2 experiences in the design and construction industries. The Post-graduate diploma in Professional Practice

at Brighton is a professionally recognised qualification with successful completion of the course allowing candidates to register with the ARB and seek election as a member of the RIBA. The part 3 course is led and delivered by active, award-winning architects and construction-industry professionals.


The course comprises 4 intensive, 2-day sessions spread out across the academic year which include lectures, seminars, role-play sessions and simulations on the various topics which make up the RIBA Part 3 Criteria.

These sessions are designed to support and develop each student's 'live' professional experience and to provide a creative and professional framework for further intellectual and professional development and engagement in the design and construction industries beyond the completion of the course. 

Course Structure (120 Credits)

Recording and Planning Professional Experience and Development (20 credits)

This module comprises the collation of your professional experience with the submission of PEDRs (or certificates of professional experience) and career evaluation.

Case Study (40 credits)

The module comprises a critical and reflective written account of a project on which the student has worked. The case study is an 8-10,000 word piece which reflects on the design and production of a project covering the span of events from inception to completion.

Principles of Professional Management, Practice and Law (60 credits)

This module comprises a 5-week open-book examination and viva-voce examination where professional assessors will rigorously test your knowledge and understanding.

Fees for this course 2013/14 were £1,782 for home students and £3,114 for the Channel Islands. Please enquire for latest fee structure.



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The fees listed here are for full-time courses for the upcoming academic year only. Further fees are payable for subsequent years of study.

The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, whether you study full- or part-time and whether or not you already have a higher education qualification. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take. Different rules apply to research degrees - contact the course team for up-to-date information.

Visit for more information, including advice on international and island fee paying status, and the government's Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) policy.


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