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Mode of Study

Part-time

Duration

1 year part-time

Start date

September 2023

Accredited

Yes

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

Accredited by:

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Architects Registration Board (ARB)

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.

What you'll study on this Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture degree course

Modules

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Apply the principles underlying the law relevant to architectural practice.
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between client, architect and other parties throughout a building project, within an appropriate legal and business context.
  • Contextualise the social and ethical framework for practice within the architectural profession, the construction industry and society in general.
  • Explain key concepts in relation to provision of architectural services, resources and financial management.
  • Evaluate how practice can operate effectively through appropriate management processes, including how risk is managed.
  • Develop personal critical thinking and critical reflection relevant to architectural practice and project management issues.
  • Demonstrate appropriate written communication skills for professional practice
  • Apply the principles underlying the law relevant to architectural practice.
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between client, architect and other parties throughout a building project, within an appropriate legal and business context.
  • Contextualise the social and ethical framework for practice within the architectural profession, the construction industry and society in general.
  • Explain key concepts in relation to provision of architectural services, resources and financial management.
  • Evaluate how practice can operate effectively through appropriate management processes, including how risk is managed.
  • Develop personal critical thinking and critical reflection relevant to architectural practice and project management issues.
  • Demonstrate appropriate written communication skills for professional practice

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate the potential capability of discharging the duties and responsibilities of an architect / design professional in the UK.
  • Contextualise and appraise the professional and ethical framework for practice through the management of a building / design project.
  • Relate the idea of personal and professional development to a personal strategy and to the on-going requirements of the professional bodies.
  • Critically appraise, in a systematic way, their understanding of architectural / design practice, the nature of team working pro-actively to formulate solutions, and assess processes and procedures, organisations and regulations, in order to deliver a professional service.
  • Assess and critique how office organisational systems and the use of appropriate communication systems aid architects / design professionals in their role of administering the building / design process.
  • Critically appraise a project, which they have personally been involved with, in a rigorous, critical, and objective way, demonstrating self-direction, originality in problem solving, application of theoretical knowledge from the lecture course to the realities of architectural / design practice and drawing conclusions.

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate a systematic and conceptual understanding of a specific area of study.
  • Undertake independent evaluation of research to draw appropriate conclusions and recommendations, supported by relevant evidence and arguments.
  • Communicate the aims, review of previous research, critical analysis of research methodology, arguments, conclusions and recommendation of the research project in a clearly written and structured document.
  • Work effectively with a group as leader or member, able to identify a task and make appropriate use of the capacities of the group members
  • Work as a group, represent and appropriately structure information, and communicate findings, arguments, conclusions and recommendations of the group research project to others in concise verbal and written presentation at a professional or equivalent level.

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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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

To practice as an architect or use the title of Architect in the UK you must hold RIBA 1, 2 and 3. 

You'll graduate from this course with the skills and knowledge you need to work as an architect in the UK or abroad and have opportunities in both the public and private sectors. You may choose to start your own architectural practice.

When you apply for this course you'll already be working in an architectural practice. In addition to support from your employer you'll be supported by your supervisor, lecturers and fellow students. These networking opportunities mean you'll build your professional network during the course, which will benefit you whether you stay with your current employer or seek alternative employment once you graduate. 

Qualifying as an architect

When you graduate you'll be eligible to apply for the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3), recognised by ARB and RIBA, and practise as a qualified architect. Once you have your Final Certificate you'll be able to join the register of architects held by the ARB.

To apply for your Final Certificate you need to hold RIBA Parts 1 and 2 (or equivalent), and have the minimum amount of required practical training documented in your Professional Experience and Development Record.

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    Career planning

    During your course you'll have expert careers advice from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Student Placements and Employability Centre. You can access support from our Careers and Employability Centre for up to 5 years after you graduate.

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    You'll benefit from:

    • Networking events
    • 1-to-1 appointments
    • CV and cover letter advice
    • Interview preparation and practice
    • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
    • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
    • Support starting your own business
    Learn more about your career support

    How you'll spend your time

    We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

    We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

    It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

    Course structure

    This course takes: 

    • 1 year (part-time) 

    You can expect: 

    • to attend campus throughout the academic year 
    • to attend 10 days of taught lectures or workshops, including 1 induction day, three 3-day seminars and 2 assessment days
    • to complete study roughly 20 hours of independent study per week
    • to access learning materials online in your own time

    Assessment

    You'll be assessed through:

    • essays and written assignments (25%)
    • written case study and career evaluation (50%)
    • written examinations (25%)
    • oral examination (Pass/Fail)
    • Professional Experience and Development Records (24 months worth - Pass/Fail)

    Teaching staff

    These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

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    Mrs Emma Dalton

    Senior Lecturer

    emma.dalton@port.ac.uk

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    Term dates

    September start

    The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project/dissertation.

    See key dates

    Graduation Class of 2021

    Joining us as an international student

    You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

    Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

    Information for international students

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    Architecture Studios

    Our open-plan learning spaces encourage a studio culture of collaboration, creativity and dialogue – preparing you for the ways of working you'll experience in your career.

    Explore the Studios

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    Architecture Project Office

    Get practical architecture experience and enhance your CV with real clients on intensive, fast-paced design workshops or consultancy projects.

    Find out more about the Project Office

    Supporting your learning

    Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

    Types of support

    Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

    You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

    In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

    You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

    They can help with:

    • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
    • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
    • understanding and using assignment feedback
    • managing your time and workload
    • revision and exam techniques
    If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.
    Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5.00pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

    As well as support from faculty 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
    • referencing
    • working in groups
    • revision, memory and exam techniques

    If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

    Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

    You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

    If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

    They'll help you to

    • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
    • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
    • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
    • liaise with external services

    Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

    The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

    If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

    ​Course costs and funding

    Tuition fees (September 2022 start)

    • Part-time: £2,600 per year

    (including Transition Scholarship)

    • Part-time: £2,600 per year
    • Part-time: £2,600 per year

    University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

    Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

    You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

    Funding your studies

    Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

    If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

    If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

    Loans, scholarships and bursaries

    Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

    Explore funding

    Funding for international students

    Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.

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    Discover your options

    Fees and funding for postgraduate taught courses

    Discover how you can fund your postgraduate studies at Portsmouth – including loans, scholarships and bursaries – and read our guidance on topics like how to budget, and how to get support if you're disabled or have dependents.

    Explore funding

    Additional 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. Additional costs could include:

    • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
    • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
    • General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
    • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

    Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

    Entry requirements

    Eligibility

    This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

    September 2022

    • Professional status in Surveying, Architecture or Civil Engineering from a UK institution.
    • RIBA part 1 and 2 are essential for entry.

    Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

    Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

    To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

    • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

    You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

    • you have a UK degree
    • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
    • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

    Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

    If you do not 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.

    How to apply

    Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

    There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in September, as long as there are places available. If you wait until September to apply, you may find that the course is full.

    If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

    You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

    Extra information for international students

    If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

    You could also 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.

    Ready to apply?

    Standard applications

    Start this course in September 2023

    Apply now (Part-time) – 1 year

    After you apply

    Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

    You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

    Learn more about how we assess your application.

    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.