To be eligible for the Part 3 examination at the University of Cambridge candidates must:
- Have RIBA/ARB Parts 1 and 2 (or confirmed equivalence).
- Have recently completed a minimum of 24 months’ practical experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry.
- At least 12 months of the 24 months experience should be completed in the UK, under the direct supervision of a UK-registered architect.
- Each period of practice must have lasted at least 3 months.
Students may register for the Course in their second year of practical experience but must have 2 years of supervised practice in order to qualify to take the examinations.
As part of the assessment process this experience will be documented by Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR) and be approved and countersigned by each candidate’s Professional Studies Adviser (PSA).
Each student is allocated a PSA once accepted onto the course. It is anticipated that any Part 1 experience intended to count towards practical experience will already have been countersigned by the PSA appointed by the Part 1 provider.
Before they apply, applicants are advised to consult the following links for further information on practical training requirements and PEDR:
For the year 2017-18 the Course Fee will be £3000 (including registration fee of £250)
The full fee will then be payable by successful candidates by 31st July 2017.
How to Apply
Applications for 2017-18 will be accepted from 1st February 2017.
Applicants should complete the online application form to be found by following link to the How to apply section.website and going to the
You will need to submit copies of your academic certificates for Part 1 and Part 2 as part of this online application process. The application form can be completed, saved and reviewed for 7 days before being submitted.
PLEASE BE AWARE that the Institute of Continuing Education will require references from the referees nominated in your application form. Your application is not actually considered complete until these have been received. Applicants are STRONGLY ADVISED to ensure that referees have their references prepared and ready to send, when required, otherwise the consideration of their application may be delayed.
Timetable for Applications 2017-18
In the last few years the course has been oversubscribed and we have had to declare the course full before the deadline for applications has been reached.
This year it has been decided that it would be preferable to review all the applications after the closing date of the 1st June 2017 and then advise successful and unsuccessful candidates accordingly, as soon as practicable after this date.
Therefore, this year, applications will be accepted until the 1st June 2017. All applications submitted before this deadline will be considered together (please note comment above concerning references).
A shortlist of applications will then be prepared and these shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and asked to conduct a short interview on the telephone with the course director some time during the w/c 12th June 2017.
During the w/c 19th June 2017 final offers will be made and unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email.
At this stage, successful candidates will be asked to make a non-refundable registration fee of £250 to secure their place. The remaining balance of fees (£2,750) will be payable by 31st July 2017 and no later.
In assessing applications we will ultimately be looking to select candidates who will succeed and benefit from the course. We would look for a good academic grounding, suitable practical training experience, commitment and motivation.