Professional Practice and Management in Architecture (RIBA Part 3) PgCert 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course will prepare you for undertaking Part 3 of the ARB/RIBA Examination in Architecture - the final stage of qualification as an Architect in the UK.

Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Entrants to this RIBA part 3 award must first gain (or obtain exemption from) the RIBA part 1 and part 2 examinations in Architecture and must complete a period of 24 months professional training (recorded with the RIBA PEDR) before they sit the final examination.


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Course content

The course comprises a single module: Professional Practice and Management in Architecture, which focuses on application of the skills and knowledge required for the professional practice of architecture in today's society.

Whilst working in architectural practice, you will prepare a detailed Case Study of a project in which you have been involved and you will prepare a Personal Evaluation Report of your professional experience. The module includes a short course of full-time study at the University, during which lectures, tutorials and workshops will address the obligations and responsibilities of professional practice as an Architect in the UK.

The course concludes with an ‘Office-based Assignment' in which you will be expected to demonstrate your competence, professional awareness, knowledge and ability in the contexts of the management architectural practice, the procurement of buildings and the supervision of building construction, and the legislation relating to Planning procedures and the construction of buildings in the UK, followed by a ‘viva voce' examination conducted by a panel of professional architectural practitioners (referred-to as the ‘Professional Interview').

Successful completion of the course leads to Registration as an Architect and Chartered Membership of the RIBA.

Professional Practice and Management in Architecture

The application of skill and knowledge at a professional level in the practice of Architecture in today's society and the intention is that this will form the central focus of this module. A detailed case study of a live project together with a personal evaluation of professional experience will also form the essential components of the module.

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops.

You will have the opportunity to reflect upon your own career development and report on an architectural project with which you have been involved.

Assessment is based upon:

•  completion of an RIBA Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR);

•  submission of a Case Study, a Personal Evaluation Report and a Professional CV;

•  a scenario-based Assignment covering the subjects of Architectural Practice, Management and Law, undertaken in open-book conditions in your workplace;

•  a ‘viva voce' Professional Interview.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course leads to registration as an Architect.

Professional links and accreditations

This course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to provide exemption from Part 3 of the Examination in Architecture.

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fees for postgraduate study in 2018/19 have not yet been set by the University. This is expected to be confirmed in May 2017 and we will update our website as soon as this information becomes available.

For information, in 2017/18 we provided the following details:

In 2018/19, the tuition fee for UK and EU students undertaking this course at the University of Huddersfield has not been set.

For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance, or contact the Student Finance Office . If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available

## Materials You will need to supply your own books and materials for personal study and provide printed copies of the documents required for assessment. The cost of these items in recent years has been in the order of £300 - £600. These costs will vary and indicative costs are given as a guide only. There will also be costs associated with travelling to the University for lectures, tutorials, workshops and examinations conducted at the University. These costs will vary contingent upon the distance travelled and any arrangements necessary for overnight accommodation.

Further study

Following successful completion of your Master's course, there are opportunities to progress onto research study such as your PhD.

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