Taught course

Architecture: Professional Practice

Cardiff University · Welsh School of Architecture

Entry requirements

To apply for this course we require you to hold the qualifications prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 1 and Part 2, plus a minimum of 12 months professional experience compliant with ARB requirements.

Occasionally we may waive this criteria in cases where candidates are in the process of having non-compliant qualifications approved by ARB and/or are sitting the ARB Prescribed Examination.

Candidates who are not intending to become registered architects, or who are already registered, are advised to consider the Master of Design Administration degree.

Months of entry


Course content

On this Diploma 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’.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Architecture Admissions