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Architecture: Professional Practice (PgDip)

Architecture: Professional Practice (PgDip)

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Architecture (General) Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

On this programme, students will acquire an in-depth understanding of the legal and economic aspects of architectural practice and construction procurement, and the related skills necessary to practice effectively on entry into the architectural profession.

The programme is designed to be undertaken whilst in full-time employment within an architectural practice or related construction industry organisation. It is taught by blended learning methods using the internet (including on-line seminars and tutorials), supplemented by short on-site courses. The full-time version is a fast track route allowing completion within nine months.

The Diploma is prescribed by the ARB in relation to entry on the register of architects, and validated by the RIBA as equivalent to the RIBA Examination in Professional Practice (the Part 3). The previous incarnation of this Diploma course, which ran until 2016/17 received commendations from successive RIBA Visiting Boards including from the latest, in July 2016, where it was commended for its ‘breadth, depth and rigour’.

Different course options

Full time | Cardiff University | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module enables the student to develop a critical understanding of the context for the design of building projects within the UK, including factors which control the UK construction industry and the procurement and management of professional services and construction projects. It explores the key constraints and enablers for development projects, in particular those that would affect their design, including government policy, legislative instruments such as planning law and building control, and related guidance. It also examines incentives such as funding strategy and fiscal measures. A key focus in the examination of the context is the role of designers and design in the construction industry. The module provides the student with the knowledge and skill necessary to advise a client on the feasibility of a development proposal.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Please refer the University website for Specific Entry Requirements.