Kingston University
Architecture (Professional Practice) PgDip
Kingston University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This course is the last stage of the formal education you will need to register as an architect in the UK. It focuses on the legal, procedural, professional and managerial competencies needed to engage in architectural practice as an independent and reflective practitioner. The course covers the criteria specified by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for Part 3. The award offers a qualification prescribed by the ARB.

– The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have described this course as “rigorous, thorough and offering a high level of detail.” – Many members of staff are research active or professional practitioners, which keeps your learning cutting edge. – Your individual assignments will link to real-life situations; the course does not include exams.

You will consolidate your architectural studies and graduate prepared for professional practice. Graduates have joined architectural practices, set up their own, and become teachers and authors.

Critical evaluation of professional experience (including specific case studies), a career appraisal, professional interview, scenario-based papers, individual and group assignments, and reflective summary. Continual assessment through coursework (there are no exams) enabling you to get a thorough grounding in the issues throughout the year.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Architecture (Professional Practice), PgDip, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Applicants must have: ARB/RIBA Parts 1 and 2 or exemptions; a minimum of 13 months of approved, logged experience, preferably in the UK; a high level of commitment to the course and support from your employer; and a good level of written and spoken English. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.


Tuition Fees Architecture (Professional Practice) PgDip

EU £3980 year 1
England UK £3980 year 1
Northern Ireland £3980 year 1
Scotland £3980 year 1
Wales £3980 year 1
International £8650 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Kingston University

Founded in 1899, Kingston University is located in the suburban town of Kingston upon Thames, London. The university’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free shuttle bus helping students to get there. This university offers what they call Flexi-stay accommodation, which allows students to book rooms in their residence halls for periods in which they expect to be studying exceptionally hard.

Student composition of Kingston University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

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