University of Cambridge Part 3 Architecture

University of Cambridge Part 3 Architecture

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

We will be accepting applications for 2017-18 from 1 Feb 2017.

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.

Structure of the Course:

The Cambridge Part 3 course is run jointly by the Department of Architecture and the Institute of Continuing Education. It 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). The assessment process is carried out in the following September. This hopefully involves the student in minimal disruption from their workplace.

Owing to the particular structure of the Cambridge 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.

The course normally comprises about 22-25 students in any one cohort so the class sizes are relatively small and enable a good level of discussion and student participation to complement the lecture programme. At the outset of the course students are arranged into student-led study groups to sustain their learning in between the workshops. This has proved particularly popular with students in the past.