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University of Portsmouth: Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture

Institution University of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught


Overview If you've studied architecture, surveying or civil engineering, and have completed RIBA parts 1 and 2, this Final Examination in Professional Practice (part 3) Architecture course is your final step to become a professional architect. When you graduate, you'll be able to apply for the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3) ARB/RIBA and practise as a qualified architect.

On this course you'll learn about current practice issues, legal and building legislation, and contractual issues in the industry, as well as improving your knowledge of the environment and sustainability, and the social and economic side of the construction industry.

You'll join a smaller cohort of students than many postgraduate degrees and have plenty of opportunities to get to know your peers and lectures. You’ll learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and enhance your teamwork, communication and project management skills throughout the course.

You’ll apply your learning in workshops including our Contract Workshop, where you'll practise your contract administration skills by following a series of scenarios and role play with a JCT Standard Building Contract.

To apply for this course you need to hold RIBA Part 1 and Part 2, and have at least two years' experience in architectural practice. 12 months of this experience should be in a UK/EU practice.

Eligibility This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Course highlights - Study Practice Management, Law and Contract, as set out in the ARB/RIBA syllabus

  • Complete a case study of a live project, relevant to your current professional role

  • Use our design studios, featuring advanced architectural computer facilities, CNC milling machine, laser cutting machines, the virtual reality suite and professional printers

  • Benefit from our nurturing teaching environment and a mix of lectures and workshops

  • Be supported by staff with extensive academic and architectural practice experience, and construction industry experts.

  • Hear from industry experts working in UK construction, including barristers (Crown Office Chambers) , lawyers (Fenwick Elliott), solicitors, architects (National practices such as AHMM and local practices), and planning consultants (Savills)

  • Be eligible to apply for the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3) ARB/RIBA and practise as a qualified architect when you graduate

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University of Portsmouth


‘I already feel so much more confident applying for jobs.’

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 Why Portsmouth?
A stronger sense of direction. Opportunities to specialise and further your prospects. A big step towards achieving your ambitions. Portsmouth is a university where you can connect with great people and businesses, and unlock career possibilities.

Taught qualification or independent research? On-campus teaching or online part-time study? At Portsmouth, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

  •    5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2022
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