New scholarships available for PDip Architectural Practice (Part 3)

The Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) are excited to announce the availability of five partial scholarships for students wishing to study the new PDip Architectural Practice (Part 3) course in September 2020.

The PDip Architectural Practice enables students to complete their professional training and follows the ARB’s criteria for Part 3, thereby enabling graduates who have completed all three examinations to apply for professional registration as Architects in the UK. We are currently seeking ARB prescription and RIBA validation.

The programme draws on the academic and professional knowledge with the Kent School of Architecture and Planning and explores alternative building procurement strategies, reflecting innovative practice based on published sources and the staff team’s personal experience. UK practice is presented in a wider International context, meeting ARB’s criteria and equipping graduates to work in a wide range of professional roles and environments.

Find out more about the course on the website, and from current student, Bradley Sowter.

The Outstanding Student Practitioner Award is funded by the Kent School of Architecture and Planning for students starting on the PDip Architectural Practice (Part 3) course in September 2020. The award consists of a 50% fee waiver at the current tuition fee.


Applicants that wish to be considered for the scholarship must submit their completed applications by 12:00 noon on Friday 14th August 2020.


To be considered, applicants must have the following included in their applications for the course:

  1. Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications in architecture recognised by the ARB.
  2. A minimum of 12 months of previous employment in an architectural practice or allied profession.
  3. A portfolio illustrating both design projects undertaken as part of their academic studies and designs worked on in professional practice.
  4. A personal statement not exceeding 300 words explaining how their prior academic and practical experience has prepared them for registration as an architect.
  5. A letter of support from an employer confirming that the applicant is employed in an appropriate role and will be able to benefit from the PG Diploma programme.

For any queries, please email

Interested in studying your Part 3? Find out about the course from current student, Bradley Sowter

Kent School of Architecture and Planning’s PDip Architectural Practice course enables students to complete their professional training and follows the ARB’s criteria for Part 3, thereby enabling graduates who have completed all three examinations to apply for professional registration as Architects in the UK. We are currently seeking ARB prescription and RIBA validation. Find out from current student, Bradley Sowter about his experience studying on the course.

Why did you choose to study at Kent?

Having studied my bachelors (ARB part 1) and MArch degree (ARB Part 2) at the University of Kent, I was attracted to the prospect of Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) providing the PDip Architectural Practice (pending ARB Part 3) course.

What attracted you to the course?

The way in which the course was structured attracted me. I wanted a course that would suit my professional career. As a commuter, I would struggle to find time after work to attend evening lectures – which is a common course structure for PDip Architectural Practice. At KSAP, the intensive structure meant that I could solely focus on my academic studies and absorb as much information as possible. This also meant that I could focus on the relevant modules without the need to wait for upcoming lectures.

What have you particularly enjoyed about your studies/time here?

I have particularly enjoyed the cross over between academic studies and my professional career. During my Part 1 and Part 2 years out in industry, I was unaware of contracts and the management side of architecture. Whilst studying PDip Architectural Practice, I developed the knowledge and confidence to discuss such matters at Work. I would have in-depth discussions with directors at my practice about our contractual obligations, and how we could manage the project more effectively.

Which module did you enjoy the most, and why?

My favourite module was Professionalism, Clients, Users and the delivery of services (AR857). In this module, we created a RIBA manifesto, as if we were standing as a candidate for the RIBA presidential elections. This was a great opportunity to voice my opinions on the architectural industry. It was a chance to write down areas of the industry that I am passionate about changing, such as, diversity and climate change. This module has translated in my professional career, looking at these themes within the practice, and how to improve them.

What about the teaching?

The teaching of this course has been supportive.  Due to size of the course compared to undergraduate studies, that has enabled a more individualised approach to teaching, understanding that every student is different.

Having external speakers from specialised areas such as construction law, CDM, RIBA and the local council have been fundamental to our understanding of these subject matters.

How did this course improve your employability prospects for your chosen career path?

This course has enabled me to progress in my career. This is the final stage of my journey to become a qualified architect since starting in 2011 at KSAP. This PDip Architectural Practice will open many avenues.

What are your future plans/aspirations?

My immediate plans after completing the course is to register with the Architecture Registration Board (ARB) to become a qualified Architect. My plans for the future are to teach at a university level and possibly start my own architectural practice. I hope that I can inspire the new generation of students that have decided to venture into the world of architecture and design.

Finally, what advice would you give to graduates thinking of coming to Kent to study at postgraduate level?

Similar to your first year of undergraduate studies – be prepared to learn a lot of information fast. Unlike ARB (Part 1) and ARB (Part 2), you will be learning architecture from a whole new perspective; i.e. you will be learning about the business side of architecture as well as the legal and contractual sides. If are willing to embrace this side of architecture you will have a greater understanding of the symbiotic relationship between design and business.

Interested in Postgraduate Study? Join one of our Google Hangouts to find out more

Kent School of Architecture and Planning are pleased to announce we will be hosting a series of Google Hangouts for prospective students and current applicants interested in our postgraduate courses. These events are free, and will be held online, hosted by our respective programme directors. The full list of dates and times are below:

To book your place on any of our online Google Hangouts, please email with the Google Hangout(s) you would like to attend, and the email address you would like your invitation sent to.