RIBA Professional Practice Part 3 Course

London South Bank University

Program Description

RIBA Professional Practice Part 3 Course

London South Bank University

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 recognized 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
Part-time 12 months September Southwark Campus


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 a 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.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
12 months
Part time
2,800 GBP
United Kingdom - London, England
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