Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Architectural Practice (RIBA part 3 exemption)

This course is aimed at students engaged in architectural practice. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to obtain their qualification. It can also form the basis of students' ongoing professional architectural development. Students will gain a critical understanding of legal requirements, practice management and construction procurement in the architecture industry, and the fundamentals of good architectural practice. Based on individual experience in architectural practice, students will be required to prepare a case study in 2 parts, 1 around a pre-contract issue and 1 around an issue arising during the construction phase of a contract. Records of experience will also be used to develop a critical career appraisal. Upon completion, students can register with the Architects Registration Board, use the title architect and become a full member of the RIBA.

Entry requirements

Students should have obtained RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) parts 1 and 2 or ARB (Architects Registration Board): recognised equivalent. In addition, before being permitted to sit the final examination, students should have completed a minimum of 24 months full-time professional practice experience, 12 months of which are to have been obtained after obtaining the part 1 qualification. Students whose 1st language is not English should have either GCSE (grade C or above) in English language, IELTS: overall score of 6.5 or above, 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. All non-UK students will be required to take the Birmingham City University English language Diagnostic Assessment on arrival at the University.

Course modules

Modules include: legal framework; practice and management; clients and building procurement; practical experience: record of experience; case studies; final review: oral.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed in 5 parts: record of experience (which includes professional experience record sheets, CV and self-appraisal), case study, essay, open practice and management paper, open book written examination and oral examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,168 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,168 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,168 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,168 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,168 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkside Building Campus Birmingham B4 7BD West Midlands

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