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RIBA Professional Practice Part 3


This popular and highly renowned course has been running for over thirty years. The course offers a rigorous and ethical professional practice course designed to be compatible with a range of business models and scales architects’ offices.

The course consists of a series of 18 evening lectures held weekly starting at 6.30 pm on Wednesdays. During the course, students are tutored on a one to one basis in the preparation of their 10,000 word Case Study, their 2,000 word Career Evaluation and their PEDR (the professional experience development record), monitored by the part 3 course director.

The part 3 course is validated by the RIBA, and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board. Appropriately qualified candidates who pass the part 3 Professional Practice Examination (and have a minimum of two years eligible professional experience) are eligible to apply to the Architects Registration Board to register as architects, and join the Royal Institute of British Architects as a chartered member.

Candidates who do not have a recognised Part 2 in Architecture may wish to do the taught course as a CPD activity, and improve their knowledge of professional practice in the UK. In this instance, they will not be eligible to apply for RIBA part 3 examination.

This course will consist of weekly evening lectures at 6.30pm on Wednesdays.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
12 months
Start Date
Southwark Campus


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The course starts with an eighteen week evening lecture course supplemented with tutorials, case-study seminars, and study groups.

This course aims to prepare architecture students who have RIBA part 2 ( and with adequate professional experience) coming forward to the RIBA part 3 Professional Practice Examination. The Professional Practice course covers salient and significant areas of the Professional Practice syllabus recommended by the RIBA including; current building legislation, planning, contract law, types of building contract, the management of architecture, practice and construction, financial control, business management, professional liability, and dispute resolution.

Four weeks before the written examination there is an examination preparation seminar to guide students for the examination and by ‘playing the contract game’ acquaint them with the workings of a JCT contract.

  • lecture series and exam
  • case study
  • career evaluation and professional interview


The Professional Practice course is suitable for candidates who wish to prepare for the RIBA part 3 Examination or for those who wish to gain a greater understanding of professional practice as it relates to architecture as part of a CPD Programme.  To reiterate, candidates who wish to undertake the course as a CPD activity will not be permitted to sit the part 3 examination.

The following firms have recently sponsored their staff on this course:
Foster and Partners, EPR, Hamiltons, Hawkins\Brown, Squire and Partners, Allies and Morrison, Broadway Malyan, Sheppard Robson, Terry Farrell, Tangram, Porphyrios Associates, Grimshaw, Fletcher Priest Architects, and Rogers Stirk Harbour Partnership.

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Kathy Gal

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Architecture
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Architecture; Professional Skills Lead; RIBA Part 3 Course Director

Kathy is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Professional Skills Lead and RIBA Part 3 Course Director.


Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Suitable for UK students of architecture who have passed both recognised RIBA parts 1 and 2, and have completed eligible professional practice as part of their degree and postgraduate qualification - or, for overseas students/architects, who have an Architects Registration Board (ARB) recognition of equivalency of non-UK qualifications to both RIBA parts 1 and 2.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
12 months
Start date
Application code
Application method

If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.


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The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2800International fee: £2800
AOS/LSBU code: 1089Session code: 1PS01

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    The Architecture Studio space at London South Bank University (LSBU) has inspirational views across London and is used on our undergraduate and postgraduate architecture degree courses.

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