Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Natural and Built Environment
* 1 year part-time
This Postgraduate Certificate provides exemption from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Final Examination Part III and is recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the UK for the purposes of registration under the Architects Act 1997.
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This programme is validated every four years by RIBA and prescribed every four years by the Architects Registration Board, ensuring compliance with the professional standards of the ARB, RIBA, the European Architects Directive and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.
The Syllabus is in accordance with the RIBA/ARB criteria for validation and prescription at Part III level. The programme includes an introduction day and sandwich programme. For further details of the programme content, please contact the School.
Assessment & Feedback
Submission of validated tri-monthly PEDR (Professional Experience and Development Record) sheets for the 24-month, office-based experience; an office-based case study; office-based examination; CV, personal evaluation of experience and an oral examination.
To qualify for the Certificate, all students must pass all of the elements at a minimum threshold level to the satisfaction of the examiners. By the final examination at the end of this programme all students must have a minimum total of 24 months formally-recorded (PEDR or equivalent system) practical experience of which a minimum of 12 months must be in a UK-based architectural practice since graduating at Part II level.
Learning and Teaching
Morning / Afternoon / Evening.
Entry is open to applicants who have successfully completed the Queen's University Belfast BSc in Architecture or a similar qualification from an approved RIBA/ARB Part 1 course in a recognised UK institution.
Applicants must have also successfully completed (i) the Queen's University Belfast BArch or MArch or (ii) any other approved RIBA Part 2 course in a recognised UK institution.
Applicants from other institutions must normally be able to demonstrate that they have taken and successfully completed Professional Studies type elements within their RIBA/ARB Part 1 and Part 2 courses to the satisfaction of the University.
Professional experience at Part 3 level normally required within UK jurisdiction. For the successful completion of this programme to have the status of Part 3 international applicants must demonstrate through the ARB assessment process that they possess the equivalent qualifications for RIBA/ARB Parts 1 and 2. Only then will a graduate of this programme be able to apply for registration with ARB and membership of the RIBA.
International applicants who do not demonstrate that they possess the equivalent qualifications for RIBA/ARB Parts 1 and 2 may be permitted to undertake the programme for personal professional development purposes only.
As part of the application process you are required to complete the relevant questionnaire and upload with a current CV.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years). For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information: English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Part III is the final examination in an architect's education and the foundation for lifelong learning and development as a member of the architectural profession. Graduates who have successfully completed this programme are eligible for entry on to the register of architects with the ARB and chartered membership of RIBA.
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Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
For fees, funding and further information see the fees and funding section of the website
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