University of Westminster

Course Introduction

This third and final adjunct of architectural education is designed to take place during the second period of mandatory practical training after the completion of the Part 2. The course can be completed in 12 to 24 months, according to employment circumstances. Graduates of the course receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice and can apply for registration with ARB, and for Chartered membership of the RIBA.

The Diploma is the final part of an architectural student?s professional training and the culmination of a minimum of seven years? education and professional development. The content of the course and each module builds on the professional experience and knowledge that you will have gained over this period.

The Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture is a professional qualification leading to registration as an architect with ARB and professional membership of the RIBA. Students who have successfully completed the course have obtained senior positions or taken greater responsibility in architectural practice, developed their own architectural practice, and also gone on to work overseas. Former students have also developed specialism in construction law. The Diploma may also form a platform for continuing study in academia and research and may lead to study for an MPhil/PhD degree.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Home Fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip European Fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students must have obtained RIBA Parts 1 and 2 from a recognised school of architecture or have successfully passed the ARB assessment for RIBA Parts 1 and 2.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component.