Department of
Architecture and Built Environment

ARB/RIBA Part 3 Professional Practice

This practice-based course  represents the final step towards registration and the legal use of the title as an architect in the UK.

Applicants should be working in an approved practice as the course draws upon their experience gained during this period as a vehicle for exploring a range of practice-related issues. Recall days held throughout the year where students attend intensive lecture, seminar and workshop programmes are used to introduce the key material. Project work undertaken in the workplace s then used to explore and understand the application of this material.  

To be effective professionals, architects must be able to manage a wide range of disparate requirements, demands and constraints affecting the process of designing and producing buildings. The programme deals with issues related to the context for practice, the management of architecture and the management of construction. The course structure has been refined year on year to ensure that it addresses the ARB/RIBA syllabus, and remains in touch with current developments in practice and management.

The Department sees the Part 3 course as being an asset in its teaching portfolio and as the culmination of the full academic training of the architect.

1.1 Course aims

1) The aim of the course is to produce graduates who are able to provide professional expertise and leadership within the construction industry by providing them with the necessary intellectual and practical skills.

2) The intention of the examination process is to ensure that successful candidates demonstrate an appropriate baseline of competence for entry to the Profession and a commitment to maintaining and extending that competence through continuing professional development.

3) On successful completion of the Part 3 course the candidate can apply for registration as an Architect with the ARB and chartered membership of the RIBA.

1.2 Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated through, essay writing, written examination and oral presentation, comprehensive academic knowledge, ability and practical skills related to practice and management understanding.

Candidates will also be required to demonstrate competence in both the scope and level of their experience, and the application of skills developed during their architectural education.

1.3 Course options

All applicants must have at least 12 months professional experience (4 x PEDRs) and may apply for a place on the PG Certificate Professional Practice in Architecture:

(PG Certificate) Professional Practice in Architecture (course code - K10G) - This programme is available to Part 2 graduates from any UK ARB/RIBA prescribed and validated school of architecture.

Applicants who completed their Part 2 qualification at The University of Nottingham may apply for the MArch Conversion provided they meet the entry requirement set out below:

Both K10G and K109 programmes follow an identical parallel route in respect of recall days and assignments, with integrated study groups comprised of candidates from both courses.

For further details, see the course information page.

This qualification is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), subject to periodic review by ARB, for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects. For further details on ARB and the prescription of architectural qualifications, see the Education section of the ARB website (’

Department of Architecture and Built Environment

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 95 14882