Taught course

Architecture: Professional Studies

Cardiff University · Welsh School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Please see http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/architecture-professional-studies-ma-part-time

Months of entry


Course content

The PGDip/MA in Professional Studies is a route to registration as an architect in the UK, approved by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 3 level. On the course, students 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.

The course has an outstanding reputation. This is reflected in the Commendations it has received from successive RIBA Visiting Boards including from the latest, in July 2016, when the Commendation was for its ‘breadth, depth and rigour’.

On the course students explore the professional aspects of practice as an architect, including the construction industry and role of the profession, development controls, construction law, and project and practice management. We aim to inspire our students with a keen interest in current issues relating to the profession. Students are encouraged to explore their own relevant areas of interest, and to develop critical and independent judgement, and the ability to manage complex processes. Research skills are developed through means of a dissertation.

The MA Professional Studies is a part-time qualification which is a route to registration as an architect that also includes a research element in the form of a dissertation.

Both our diploma and master’s course are led by Professor Sarah Lupton, who is well-known for her expertise in professional practice and has published several books that are used widely by construction and design professionals and on postgraduate courses.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)29 2087 0084