The Kent School of Architecture and Planning launched its Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice (Part 3) course and enrolled the first cohort of students in September 2019.

The University offers well established and highly regarded RIBA Part 1 (BA Architecture) and RIBA Part 2 (MArch) courses. The majority of graduates of the MArch programme continue to sit their Part 3 examination in order to complete their professional training. Neither of the existing schools of architecture in Canterbury have previously offered a Part 3 course, and graduates were therefore forced to enrol at Universities in London or further afield.

The recently launched course therefore satisfies a previously unmet demand from University of Kent Part 1 and Part 2 graduates, as well as those who have completed equivalent courses at other universities and reside and/or work in Kent.

The proposed course has been designed to:

•  Provide a gateway to professional practice, complementing Kent’s established courses in architecture

•  Enable current Kent students to complete their professional training at the University

•  Offer graduates of other universities to complete their professional training in Kent

•  Be the only course of its kind offered anywhere in the county

•  Draw on the academic and professional knowledge and contacts of existing University staff

The course runs over a 12-month period from late September, is modular, and is delivered in two intensive block study sessions (one in September, the other in January) and tutorials throughout the year.

The core curriculum is based directly on the RIBA/ARB criteria for Part 3 graduates), and the proposed schedule of lectures and seminars is derived directly from these criteria, which are common to all equivalent courses in the UK.


The Programme Director has extensive personal experience managing projects and businesses in the UK, France, Poland, Russia and many other countries, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. The other senior member of the proposed staff team manages a design and construction business in Germany and the UK.

Our first, very small cohort is making good progress and should graduate this October, by which time we hope to have confirmed the ARB’s prescription of the course.