Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Architectural Practice, PGDip (ARB/RIBA Part 3 Exemption)

Our part-time postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Architectural Practice will bring you to the final stage of your training, preparing you for the realities of architectural practice.

The architectural practice course is rooted in the description, explanation and analysis of current professional practice, pushing you to examine and debate your own methods of working. You'll cover areas including the architect and society, architectural management, and a Janus paper where you review your experience and consider your future development. Applicants are usually engaged in full-time architectural practice in the UK.

This part-time course is taught over one evening per week in our new state-of-the-art Stockwell Street Building, which is designed by renowned architects Heneghan Peng. Successful completion will give you exemption from ARB/RIBA Part 3 examinations, eligibility to join the ARB register, and the opportunity to join the UK's register of architects. These allow you to continue into professional practice.

Department

School of Design

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

1 years part-time

5 years

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2021/2022 fees

TBC

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • This course is designed to create professionals who have the knowledge, drive and determination to succeed in the world of contemporary architecture.
  • You can begin the course in January or September. The concluding viva voce examinations (professional interviews) are also held twice a year.
  • This flexible course can be completed in 1 year but you can easily extend to accommodate changes to your personal or professional circumstances (which many students do).
  • We encourage self-reflection, professionalism, drive and determination to help you succeed in the contemporary world of architecture.

What you will study

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About the course team

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice (the ARB/RIBA Part 3 course) is taught by a small, highly experienced team. It is led by an architect and a barrister with many decades of professional practice experience and supplemented by visiting lecturers.

The course leader is Tony Clelford, an Architect who has been a professional or external examiner on various Part 3 courses across the UK, as well as an examiner and specialist advisor to the ARB and RIBA. Ivan Clarke is a practicing Barrister. Both have decades of experience teaching Part 3.

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Entry requirements

If you are

You should have qualifications recognised by Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 1 and Part 2 levels.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Further information about entry

There are TWO entry points into the course (September and January) so applications are welcomed throughout the year. If the applicant's circumstances demand it, offers of places can be held over to the next entry point. 

Applicants are asked to complete a 1 page questionnaire concerning their employment and professional development to date.  on their film project work and creative portfolios.

Applicants may be invited to an interview, although this can usually be conducted by telephone.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

Teaching

In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll be abe to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group session, Scheduled contact activities may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

You will study in a small, informal student cohort, with an emphasis on comparisons across, and drawing lessons from, current architectural practice.

We use seminar-based teaching in a small groups, rarely larger than 30 students. You will address, understand and assess trends in architectural practice, preparing you for registration as architects in the UK.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

Academic year: September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

TBC

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Our one-time fee covers everything - no further fees are payable if you extend the duration of the course beyond one year. There are no examination fees. The fee also includes a PSA signature on 4 PEDR sheets.

The only possible additional fees are PSA signatures on additional PEDR sheets and resit fees that may be charged by the university for individual modules that you do not pass.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The course prepares students for future careers as national and international architects.

Do you provide employability services?

The School of Design has an Employability Officer for postgraduate students to speak to about career opportunities. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate. 

The central Employability and Careers Service also provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.