Postgraduate study
This practice-based course represents the final step towards registration as an architect in the UK.
PGCert Professional Practice in Architecture (Part 3)
1 year part-time
Entry requirements
Applicants should have parts 1 and 2, and experience of working in an approved practice
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£2,205 - Terms apply
International fees
£2,340 - Terms apply
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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. This programme deals with issues related to the context for practice, the management of architecture and the management of construction.  

You should be working in an approved practice as the course draws upon your experience. The course comprises recall days held throughout the year where you will attend intensive lecture, seminar and workshop programmes to introduce the key material. Project work is undertaken in the workplace and then used to explore and understand the application of this material.

Key facts

  • This course features practical elements including marketing and management, contract and procurement, and law in architecture, needed by professional architects 
  • This 12 month practice-based course represents the final step towards registration as an architect in the UK

Full course details

The course draws on the expertise of academics and practitioners from the architectural profession and the building industry. It is directed by John Edmonds, who joined the department in August 2007, and is an experienced chartered architect with over 25 years as a principal in private practice. He oversees the course as a whole and contributes to the teaching primarily in bridging the link between practice and academia. John has also been involved with teaching and examining professional practice for ARB/RIBA Part 3 since 2001. 

On successful completion of the Part 3 course the you can apply for registration as an Architect with the ARB and chartered membership of the RIBA. This qualification is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), subject to periodic review by ARB, for the purposes of entry onto the UK Register of Architects. For further details on ARB and the prescription of architectural qualifications, see the education section of the ARB website.

Learning outcomes

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.


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.




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  • Design Thesis Studio Portfolio

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

Course structure and content 

November: Recall 1 - Introduction to Part 3 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: Contract 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 - Theme: 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 Theme: 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

November: Verbal Exams/Professional Interview: Nottingham

Assessment, feedback and moderation

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.

Assessment is arranged as follows:

Three assignments: marked internally

  • PEDR sheets monitored and signed internally
  • Case study and examination scripts marked by external assessors with a sample marked by internal assessors in order to apply moderation
  • Evaluation of experience marked by external assessors
  • Candidate CV/resumé for reference
  • Employer's reference for reference
  • Assignments, case study and evaluation of experience: these are completed at the student's place of work
  • The examination - this comprises 8-9 questions and is sat over two days in the office with one additional day allowed for writing up and presentation work
  • The verbal examination professional interview - each interview is conducted by two assessors: one external and one internal per candidate, held at the University of Nottingham

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

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UK/EU students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

International and EU students

We provide information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.


Careers and professional development

The Department of Architecture and Built Environment has an international reputation for its teaching and research, and collaborates with leading institutions worldwide in the fields of architecture, urban design and sustainable energy technology.

It is renowned for its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and therefore our postgraduates are internationally recognised as having the skills needed to meet the contemporary challenges facing the built environment professions. By the end of the course, you will have gained useful experience on the subject and will know how to communicate and present yourself and your projects to an audience.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary in the faculty was £29,000 with the highest being £100,000.
* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research
The acquisition of a postgraduate certificate demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.
Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

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