Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture
Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture
If you've studied architecture, surveying or civil engineering, and have completed RIBA parts 1 and 2, our Final Examination in Professional Practice (part 3) Architecture course is the final step in becoming a professional architect.
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, the social and economic side of the construction industry, and honing your practice and project management skills.
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.
Once you’ve completed this course, you can apply for the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3), which is recognised by the ARB and RIBA. You must already have RIBA Parts 1 and 2, as well as the minimum required practical training, documented in your Professional Experience and Development Record. With your Final Certificate in Architecture, you'll be eligible to join the register of architects held by the ARB.
Qualifications or experience
- Professional status in Surveying, Architecture or Civil Engineering from a UK institution. RIBA part 1 and 2 are essential for entry.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- A case study project is required.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Debate and resolve real-life case studies
- Complete a case study of a live project, relevant to your current professional role
- Study Practice Management, Law and Contract, as set out in the ARB/RIBA syllabus
- Use your professional judgement and problem-solving skills to develop your professional experience and practice
- Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
- Use our design studios, featuring advanced architectural computer facilities, CNC milling machine, laser cutting machines, a virtual reality suite and professional printers
- Use our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, including thousands of books, electronic journals and newspapers
You can also do this course as a degree apprenticeship.
Careers and opportunities
Once you graduate, you'll have the skills and knowledge to start your career as a professional architect, working either in the UK or abroad. You'll have opportunities in both the public and private sectors, or you could choose to start your own architectural practice.
Career opportunities include:
- Architectural design
- Interior design
- Landscape architecture
- Urban design & master planning
- Architectural technology
- Project Management
- Construction Management
What you'll study on this Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture degree course
You'll turn theory into practice, by studying case studies of live projects that are relevant to your job. You'll also learn alongside others in seminars, that will take place over 3 days.
- Topical Research Project (30 credits)
- Practice Management, Law and Contract (30 credits)
- Professional Experience and Practice (60 credits)
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the architecture industry.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- study groups
- self-directed learning
The academic year runs from October to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – October to January
- Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
- Teaching block 2 – February to May
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
You'll be able to test your knowledge and skills informally before submitting assignments that count towards your final mark. You'll get feedback on assessments so you can improve in future.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2021 start)
UK, EU, International, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students (part time): £2,550
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
There are costs relating to the purchase of drawing equipment, model making, stationery, reprographic requirements and the production of a portfolio. This may be in the region of £100 - £300 each year. We support digital review of some project assessment work to reduce costs.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase extra materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.
Optional study trips abroad will cost in the region of £300–£500.
September 2021 start
- Part time (1 year)
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.