This course is designed to support graduates from a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1 accredited qualification in architecture, who are undertaking experience in professional practice, prior to entry on a Part 2 course.

The course aims to provide easy access to professional, work-related and educational advice, at the same time as monitoring and helping you interpret your practice-based experience. The programme is optional and therefore not a mandatory requirement to progress on to a Part 2 course. However, it is recognised by the RIBA and Architects Registration Board (ARB), as part of the UK system for ensuring high quality entrants to the profession.

Why study this course?

  • Benefit from full NTU student status – enrolment on this course entitles you to use of the University’s industry-standard facilities, library and learning spaces.
  • Develop your personal design style, supported by a University with a strong design heritage; NTU began life as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843. Your learning is also underpinned by the School’s significant expertise as a built environment educator.
  • Access NTU’s NOW e-platform, a space to share relevant content and facilitate discussion with your peers. You’ll also be encouraged to communicate regularly with your Professional Studies Advisor, either face-to-face or by email.
  • Take advantage of NTU’s expert Employability team, who can assist with refining your CV, developing professional skills, and sourcing relevant employment opportunities.
  • Benefit from a peer-to-peer support network, facilitated by a series of recall days that you’ll be invited to attend. Have the opportunity to meet with other practising professionals at a similar career stage, expanding you industry network.

Study Details:

Professional Certificate 15 months part-time

Module Details:

Your Professional Studies Advisor

You’ll be allocated a Professional Studies Advisor, who will support you in evidencing your experience gained in practice via your Professional Experience and Development Records (PEDR). Your PEDR is a mandatory component of the RIBA Examination in Professional Practice and Management, in conjunction with your Part 3 studies.

Please note that this course doesn’t represent a placement programme; instead it can be understood as a ‘graduate monitoring service’, offered in relation to professional practice.

Student Destinations

Following completion of the PCiA, students generally continue in the professional pathway in architecture, either securing a place on a Part 2 course, such as our MArch Architecture course, or extending professional practice, gaining more than one year of professional experience, before applying to a Part 2 course.


Fees for 2020 are yet to be confirmed.

Entry Requirements

What are we looking for?

  • Applicants will need to hold an undergraduate qualification with RIBA/ARB Part 1 status.
  • Students on this programme are expected to be in either architectural practice, relevant qualified employment or voluntary work, as detailed by ARB/RIBA for PEDR purposes.

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