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HOW TO APPLY for the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture

Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for the Part 3 examination at the University of Cambridge candidates must:

  • Have ARB/ RIBA Parts 1 and 2 or confirmed equivalence. Read more.
  • Have recently completed a minimum of 24 months’ practical experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry. Read more.
  • 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 normally 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.


For the year 2020-21 the Course Fee will be £3,300.

The decline of payment of the full fee will be payable by successful candidates by 11th December 2020.

How to Apply:

Applications for 2020-21 will be accepted from January 20th 2020.

Applicants should complete the online application form to be found by following link to the Institute of Continuing Education website and going to the APPLY HERE section.

You will need to submit copies of your academic certificates for Part 1 and Part 2 as part of this online application process (or confirmed equivalence, see above). The application form can be completed, saved and reviewed for 7 days before being submitted. Read more.

Timetable for Applications 2020-21:

Applications will be accepted until the 30th October 2020. All applications submitted before this deadline will be considered. No application will be rejected before this date.

After the closing date, we will shortlist the applications.

We will email shortlisted applicants who will be invited to conduct a short telephone interview with the course director.

Following this interview, successful candidates will receive email notification from the course director to confirm that their names are being put forward for a formal offer.

The full balance of fees (£3,300) will be payable by 11th December 2020 and no later.

Assessment Criteria:

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.



Student Feedback

"The Part 3 course at Cambridge brings together fantastic speakers with a breadth of experience and expertise in different roles in the construction industry, from sole practitioners to those working in research or for large firms. The variety of the lectures and different points of view encourage independent thinking and student participation. This makes this course very interesting and enjoyable to attend."

Student Cohort 2015-16

"Although the lectures are grouped into three intensive sessions, the course facilitates the formation of study groups with a range of work experiences, which provide the backbone of regular revision classes. Be prepared to take these seriously and structure your learning to align with the Part 3 criteria."

Student Cohort 2015-16

"Alert! No spoon feeding. This course demands a self-driven attitude towards learning and coursework. The lectures cover the basics but they also provide an insight into the complexities of planning and running a business."

Student Cohort 2015-16

"I am very proud to have completed my Part 3 in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. The combination of structured learning with group study sessions proved to be a very successful balance for learning. The guest speakers through the course were excellent, whilst a special mention must be given to the course director, Miranda, for her continued commitment to ensure that each student feels supported and on the right path to succeed."

Student Cohort 2016-17

"Generally I think the selection of speakers was outstanding."

Student Cohort 2016-17

"The best lecture was definitely the one about health and safety, that has absolutely stuck with me." 

Student Cohort 2016-17