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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture - ARB/ RIBA Pt3

The Cambridge Part 3 course and examination has validation from the ARB and the RIBA: successful candidates are eligible to apply to both institutions for registration and membership. It is the final qualification in architecture education and represents entry into the profession.


The aim of the course is to enable candidates to successfully present themselves to the examiners through the various required submissions and to receive an endorsement of competency to practice as an architect. In so doing the course also hopes to act as a forum for a wider discussion of issues affecting the profession and the construction industry in the UK and further afield. Read More.

Structure of the Course and Assessment:

The Cambridge has a quite specific structure, running from September to September. The taught element of the course is contained within three intensive workshops held in September (2 day), March (3 day) and June (3 day). This hopefully involves the student in minimal disruption from their workplace.

The Cambridge Part 3 course it is well suited to those students who are used to self-directed learning. They need to be well motivated, well organised, and able to concentrate through full days of intensive teaching. Read more.

The dates for the 2020-21 session are:

  • 17-18th September 2020
  • 24th, 25th and 26th March 2021
  • 23rd, 24th, 25th June 2021

The assessment process is carried out in the following September. Read more.

Content of the Course:

The content of the course is based upon the professional criteria, which a student needs to satisfy, as laid out jointly by the ARB/RIBA. Before they apply, applicants are advised to review these criteria. This will help them assess whether they are at an appropriate stage to consider present themselves for the Part 3 assessment. Read more.

For Further Information contact our course administrator Pilar Alonso at  mailto:

At a Glance

Course Length and Date

One part-time year course from September to September. This course is run jointly by the Department of Architecture and the Institute of Continuing Education.

Students are required to attend three 2/3 day workshops in September, March and June and to submit work and attend written and oral examinations in the following September.


The assessment comprises several elements to successfully complete the course the candidate will need to pass all elements:

  • Case Study
  • Professional Experience Development Record
  • Personal Statement and CV
  • Written Examination (Paper 1+2)
  • Oral Examination

Entry Requirements

The course is open to all graduates who have obtained ARB/ RIBA Parts 1 and 2 (or equivalence confirmed by the ARB) and who will have recently completed the appropriate practical training experience. Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent). Non-standard candidates who do not satisfy the normal academic criteria will be asked to provide evidence of relevant and equivalent experience to support their suitability for the course.

English Language Requirement

For students for whom English is not their first language, we will require evidence of having met the required level in a recognised test. Further information regarding the required level can be found on the Institute of Continuing Education website.

Applications Accepted From

January 20th 2020

Applications Deadline

May 18th 2020

Course Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of £65 that all applicants need to pay.

Course Fees for 2020-21 will be £3300 (including a registration fee of £250). The full fees will be payable by 31st July 2020.