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Postgraduate Certificate

Professional Practice and Management in Architecture

'Part 3' course

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
K10A
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year, starts January with an Induction in November
Delivery:
Part-time - three day blocks
Programme leader:
Wendy Colvin ARB Architect
Key fact:
A fully accredited course designed to meet Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) criteria as a Part 3 qualification in architecture.

Page last updated 21 September 2017

Introduction

Our Postgraduate Certificate Professional Practice and Management in Architecture is the last stage in formal academic training and practical, work-based learning for architects. It's designed and structured to lay the foundation for 'life-long learning' in the architectural profession, and its primary purpose is to enable you to show competence in practice.

It stands out for its reflection of current thinking of the RIBA and the ARB, the objectives of the EU Architects' Directive, and the RIBA Core Curriculum requirements of Continuous Professional Development (CPD). CPD is available through short-course options, and further supports our excellent links with local architectural practices.

Direct industry and research input

This course is based in UWE Bristol's Faculty of Environment and Technology, and like other Architecture courses here, it's unique in offering a multidisciplinary environment that's geared towards the construction professions as a whole. The course team comprises qualified architects and a solicitor with a specialism in construction law, while the course content has contributions from lecturers across the department and industry specialists. This ensures the course is based on current and projected trends.

Architecture at UWE has a strong inter-disciplinary ethos and an excellent reputation in the industry. This course gives you access to the knowledge and Part-3 skills that relate directly to architectural practice, professionalism, and managing architecture's relationship with wider construction industry and society. These correspond to the requirements set out in the criteria published by the ARB/RIBA.

It also nurtures and develops the visual, written and oral communication skills vital to successful practice.

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Structure

Content

Architecture at UWE has a strong inter-disciplinary ethos and an excellent reputation in the industry. This course gives you access to the knowledge and Part-3 skills that relate directly to architectural practice, professionalism, and managing architecture's relationship with wider construction industry and society. These correspond to the requirements set out in the criteria published by the ARB/RIBA.

It also nurtures and develops the visual, written and oral communication skills vital to successful practice.

To achieve the final award, you must complete these four Master's level modules:

  • Architectural Profession and Project Procedures - Provides an overview of the construction industry and the context the architectural profession operates in, while helping you develop an understanding procedures and management in building projects.
  • Procurement and Contract Management - We look into construction contract administration and practice, and the legislative and common law context of contracts, to help you develop practical skills in this area. We explore risk apportionment, procurement methods and contract strategy.
  • Practice Management and Personal Development - An overview of the practice management principles that relate directly to architecture, and an introduction to key transferable skills necessary in management roles. We examine business, financial management and legal contexts for running an architectural practice, explore the communication skills required as a manager, and introduce methods of critical self-evaluation required for life-long learning.

You take these first three modules in three block courses of three days each, through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. They also require some distance learning, sandwiched around these blocks, to complement the topics and support your learning.

Professional Experience

Reflective study through tutorials and individual work, for Part-3 students who have completed the first three modules.

A number of options are available for CPD or returner training purposes.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Study time

The course is generally studied part-time over one year and culminates in the Professional Interview. However, we've built in a degree of flexibility so that, in extenuating circumstances, you're not restricted to this timescale.

Assessment

We assess through coursework, role-play and documentary submission, and in the Professional Interview. The coursework constitutes distance-learning exercises that relate to the block courses. The documentary submission includes the Record of Professional Experience, a career evaluation and a case study, and contributes to the assessment in the Professional Experience module.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

The course, is accredited by the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) as a Part 3 course, and satisfies the Part 3 Criteria for Validation, held jointly with both the professional bodies.

Study facilities

The Department of Planning and Architecture is based in UWE's award-winning new studios. There are excellent resources in terms of the campus infrastructure, its library, online databases and resources, and support for further CPD. The course is designed to help you take full advantage of our excellent facilities and resources.

You will have access to a wide range of learning resources through the department's intranet and directed learning.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

 

Careers

Careers / Further study

The course promotes lifelong learning and career progression in architectural practice, so it's an excellent boost for practising architects. It also supports the department in developing excellent Knowledge Exchange, including employer links and CPD opportunities.

Successful completion means you can apply to the ARB to be on the Register of Architects. When officially registered, you can also apply to become an RIBA Chartered member.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Fees

Part time course (January Start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Award Fee2100
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)525

Supplementary fee information

For information on fees, managing your money and determining your fee status, please go to our fees and funding pages.

For information about funding options visit our postgraduate funding and scholarships pages.

Entry

Entry requirements

We normally require Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications prescribed by the Architects Registration Board or graduates of courses recognised for exemption from the RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 examination*.

Applicants will normally be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an interview to demonstrate their professional experience, and this is also an opportunity to discuss the course in detail.

*Note that graduates of Part 1 and/or Part 2 courses NOT prescribed by the ARB will not automatically be eligible for entry to the UK Register of Architects on completion of this course.

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