University of Bath

University of Bath

Professional Practice (RIBA part 3)

The part 3 course is designed as a test of candidates understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as professionals to clients, employers, to the profession, to other members of the building team and to society. Its primary purpose is to demonstrate a candidates competence for the practice of architecture and is concerned with demonstrating professional awareness, knowledge, understanding and ability in the five principal criteria of professionalism: clients, users and the delivery of service, legal framework and processes, practice and management and building procurement.

Entry requirements

Candidates must possess recognised qualifications at part 1 and part 2 and be employed by an architectural practice. Furthermore, they must be able to demonstrate that they will have acquired the minimum of 2 years of professional experience, 1 year of which must be attained after the final degree or diploma (part 2), by the time they offer for the final oral examination (not at the date of the application for entry to the programme). Where English is not a 1st language: IELTS: 7.0, with at least 6.5 in each of the 4 components; or TOEFL 100 (internet based test), with at least 24 in each of the components or equivalent.

Course modules

Practice and project management; professional practice; professional interview (Oral Examination).

Assessment methods

Assessment is by 2 closed book written examinations; documentary submission, comprising of a case study (8,000-10,000 words), professional curriculum vitae, professional career evaluation (4,000 words), professional experience and development record (PEDR), and an oral examination.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 1,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time £ 1,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY South West

Key information

Faculty of Engineering and Design Graduate School
Telephone number: 
01225 386447