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Architectural Professional Practice
Postgraduate course
PG Dip

Architectural Professional Practice

International Scholarships available


This qualification leads to exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 3 examinations. Upon successful qualification, you will be eligible to join the ARB register and apply for chartered membership with RIBA. The term architect is a protected title and can only be used by ARB-registered architects in legal jurisdictions extended to or agreed by ARB. The course is relevant to the UK and the EU and has variable transferability beyond the UK and its territories, where the relevant law of the land has precedent.

You will benefit from a flexible learning programme comprising a series of concentrated study blocks, an office-based examination (where you are employed) and a professional interview. We have close relationships with established practitioners, academics and leading consultants, who will provide exposure to a wide range of topical issues in contracts, law, economics and management.

There are three entry points for the course throughout the year, in January, May and September.


The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

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The course is designed for suitably qualified applicants to complete their studies in architecture and register with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). It also allows for membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It is, by nature, a professional course and is evaluated with quality and standards improved through the RIBA Validation Panel at four year intervals and in accordance with the University requirements for course review.

We have links throughout the region, nationally and internationally with architectural practices, with external tutors coming from their own established practices to offer you the best possible tuition.

Play School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017 Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have an ARB/RIBA accredited Part Two qualification or a Part 2 qualification awarded through the ARB Assessment Panel and be in employment that is capable of satisfying the PEDR Categories of Experience requirements accessed through this link.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Louise Hartley


Louise Hartley
Architect The Harris Partnership

BA (Hons) Architecture, MArch Architecture & PG Dip Architectural Professional Practice

“My passion for architecture was sparked while I was at school. Going on to study at Leeds Beckett was perfect for me. I had access to industry-standard facilities, dedicated support from expert teaching staff and the social perks of living in a buzzing city. My course gave me the confidence to go out and get the industry experience I needed, and I'm now a fully qualified architect.

Teaching and learning

Download Course Spec Download
Professional Experience & Development Record & Professional Interview

Career Evaluation & Professional Curriculum Vitae

Case Study

Written Examination in Professional Practice (Practice Based)

Written Examination in Contract Administration (Practice Based)

Simon Warren
Simon Warren
Senior Lecturer
Simon is interested in how the role of the architect can make a difference to people's lives. Simon, who worked on built projects across the north of England from 1992 to 2008, contributed to the book 'How to be a Happy Architect' by Bauman Lyons Architects which considers the dilemmas of architectural practice.
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017 Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £1500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £1500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.


  • Design Studios
    Design Studios

    Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

  • Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.


Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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