The new Postgraduate Certificate in Architecture and Contemporary Practice (RIBA Part 3) at Manchester School of Architecture has been granted candidate course status by the RIBA Education Committee after a visit to the School this year.

The RIBA Part 3 course is for students wishing to fully qualify as an Architect in the UK, and is the final step which enables students to apply to join the ARB register under the Architects Registration Act 1997, and for RIBA Chartered Membership.

The new course will be the first in the city of Manchester to offer students the opportunity to complete their RIBA Part 3 qualification. Candidates may choose from January and September starts, and will benefit from separate units and assessments spread throughout the course of the year, a Professional Studies Advisory service to support graduate outcomes, and MSA’s strong relationships with practices within Manchester and beyond.

The Board commended the School for the development of a ‘holistically considered Part 3 course, particularly in relation to the flexibility of the course structure and tailored support plans for candidates’, in addition to the course's collaborative ethos between students, academia and practice.

“We are thrilled to have received such positive news from RIBA, and to secure another step towards full RIBA Validation for our Part 3 programme” said Rachel Newton, Senior Lecturer and Progamme Leader for the Part 3. “This is a brand new programme at Manchester School of Architecture which means students can now fully qualify as an architect with us*”.

“MSA is now proud to be able to offer all 3 parts of architectural education to students, drawing upon our well-established links with practice, academia and professional expertise. The programme has been developed to focus on contemporary practice, offering a new model for Part 3 in the region. We are particularly pleased to receive RIBA’s commendations in relation to the flexibility of the course structure and a tailored support plan for candidates.”

We look forward to welcoming any prospective candidates to our Part 3 programme. For an informal discussion, or to make an application, contact Programme Leader Rachel Newton via email, at

*Subject to ARB Prescription, expected Summer 2023