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Course overview

Our ARB prescribed and RIBA validated programme is long-established and consistently achieves one of the highest UK first pass rates (90%+). The combination of distance learning, campus recalls and study groups is support by the dedicated in-house Part 3 team of architects, external experts and examiners.

Why choose this course?

Top 3

architecture school in the country


12 month

practice-based course is the final step towards registration as an architect in the UK

Practical learning

Practical learning including marketing and management, contract and procurement and architecture law

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Best Architecture schools in the UK

Course content

This programme runs from November to November, and is structured into five teaching sessions (recall days).


  • Design Thesis Research
  • Design Thesis Studio Portfolio

Course Content 

November - Recall 1 - Introduction to part three course

One-day course at Nottingham

  • Introduction to the course outline and procedures
  • Confirmation of registration

January - Recall 2 - Theme: marketing and management

One-day course at Nottingham

  • Evaluation of Experience
  • Marketing
  • Managing The Office
  • Communications
  • Issue of Assignment 1

February: Submission of Assignment 1

April - Recall 3 - Theme: contracts and procurement 

Three-day course at Nottingham

  • Contract law
  • The building team
  • Procurement methods and contracts
  • Running the contract
  • Client architect relationships
  • Work experience check
  • Case study and personal appraisal introduction
  • Feedback on Assignment
  • Issue of Assignment 2

May: Submission of Assignment 2

June - Recall 4 - the law and the architect 

Three-day course at Nottingham

  • Disability law
  • Planning law
  • Copyright
  • Business formats
  • Party Wall Act
  • CDM legislation
  • Building Regulation Procedures
  • Case study verbal reports
  • Issue of past years scenarios
  • Feedback on Assignment 2
  • Issue of Assignment 3

August: Submission of Assignment 3

September: Examination Guidance and Scenario sent out

September: Recall 5: Master Class/Revision Day

One-day course at Nottingham

  • Keynote speaker
  • Question and answer session
  • Submission of log books
  • Submission of CV
  • Submission of evaluation of experience
  • Submission of case study

October: Issue of written problem paper

October: Office-based Practice Paper - Written Examination (48 hours plus presentation time)

October: Submission of Written Examination Paper

  • Employers letter
  • Supervisor's declaration

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

This course will 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. The intention of the examination process is to ensure that students demonstrate an appropriate baseline of competence for entry to the profession and a commitment to maintaining and extending that competence through continuing professional development.

The intention of the examination process is to ensure that students demonstrate an appropriate baseline of competence for entry to the profession and a commitment to maintaining and extending that competence through continuing professional development.

How you will be assessed

  • Assignments
  • Written exam
  • Verbal exam

Assessment of learning and application is through the completion of three assignments through the year (1,500-2,000 word documents), a case study (5,000 words), evaluation of practical experience, PEDR sheets and the final practice examination and verbal interview.

Contact time and study hours

Teaching on this programme is structured into five teaching (recall) session. Students on this programme will be working in practise alongside there studies.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Professional qualification

Applicants should have parts 1 and 2, and experience of working in an approved practice.


This course is available in two different forms, one for external candidates and one for current University of Nottingham students.

External candidates should apply for the Professional Practice in Architecture K10G. This programme is available to Part 2 graduates from any UK ARB/RIBA prescribed and validated school of architecture.

For candidates who completed their Part 2 qualification at the University of Nottingham should apply for the MArch Conversion K109. This course is for graduates who have achieved an average final mark of at least 60%, including a mark of at least 50% for the final year of the course.

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

Applicants should have parts 1 and 2, and experience of working in an approved practice, as well as IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element). For further details, see our course information.

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply


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Home / UK £2,410
International £2,650

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you may factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles which could cost up to £100 per year.

In addition to this you may spend up to £50 per on printing and up to £50 on model making and drawing equipment. Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.


There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate funding


We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

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Related courses

The University has been awarded Gold for outstanding teaching and learning (2017/18). Our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national grading system, introduced by the government in England. It assesses the quality of teaching at universities and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

This content was last updated on Tuesday 10 November 2020. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.