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Architecture Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR)

The PEDR will provide you with the opportunity to enrol on a Part 3 programme in order to  take the RIBA/ARB Part 3 exam in architecture and to register as an architect in the UK.

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DMU’s PEDR service:

The PEDR is an electronic record of a graduate's professional experience, development and competency in the practice of architecture. Monitoring and endorsing of Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR) sheets is conducted through the graduate monitoring service at the Leicester School of Architecture (LSA). This is a self-directed, work-based exercise which centres on the RIBA PEDR sheets.

There is no formal syllabus and completing the PEDR sheets carries no academic credits. These are an essential component for taking the Part 3 exam, and on passing, gaining admittance to the register of architects held by Architects Registration Board (ARB).

  • You are required to have completed a minimum of eight Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) sheets in order to be eligible to take the RIBA/ARB Part 3 exam in architecture and to register as an architect in the UK
  • At the Leicester School of Architecture at DMU, you must enrol on the PEDR Graduate Monitoring Service in order to have your PEDR sheets endorsed by a DMU professional studies advisor (PSA)
  • You will use the online Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) PEDR sheets to monitor and evaluate your experience in architectural practice under the supervision of a qualified person within the practice, called your Employment Mentor
  • On enrolment, you will be allocated a PSA who will receive, evaluate and endorse, by signature, your PEDR sheets which will make them valid as evidence of professional experience for the purposes of eligibility for the Part 3 exam
  • You may enrol on the PEDR programme after completing your Architecture BA (Hons) or concurrently with the part-time BA/MArch course or after you have completed the BA/MArch course. You will automatically be enrolled on the PEDR programme if you start the PG Dip in Architectural Practice (RIBA/ARB Part 3) course provided you have valid Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications and have already obtained four suitably endorsed PEDR sheets.


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Key facts for international students

This course is not suitable for international students

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You must have an ARB/RIBA proscribed/validated Part 1 degree certificate or evidence of equivalent qualification.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Teaching and assessments





There is no formal teaching. You are required to be in full-time employment in an architectural practice whilst completing your PEDR sheets. You will access PEDR sheets via the RIBA website and will be required to have these endorsed by your employment mentor in practice and a PSA from the LSA. 

You are required to undertake 24 months work experience, a minimum of 12 months of which must be post-Part 2 (normally completed alongside the PG Dip). Many students may find it useful to take two or more years of experience post-Part 2 in order to fully prepare for the Part 3 exam.

There should be one PEDR sheet for each three months of experience in practice, and you will need a minimum of eight completed and endorsed PEDR sheets before you take the Part 3 exam. 

Contact hours
The graduate monitoring service at the LSA is conducted online, via the receipt and return of PEDR sheets. Attendance is not required.




Facilities and features


The PEDR Graduate Monitoring Service is an online service and as such it does not require access to facilities that university courses require.


Each student will be allocated a DMU Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) who will receive, evaluate and endorse by signature, the said PEDR sheets.

Professional experience

Advice on acquiring suitable professional experience is readily available from Professional Studies Advisors. The LSA staff are practising and/or registered architects who are connected and conversant with issues concerning the state of the architectural profession, and are updated on PSA roles via membership with APSAA. 

Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

The successful completion of the requisite number of Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) is required in order to be eligible to take the RIBA/ARB Part 3 exam in architecture and to register as an architect in the UK.

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