Taught course

Architectural Practice Postgraduate Diploma (Part 3)

De Montfort University · Leicester School of Architecture

Entry requirements

You must have ARB/RIBA Part 1 and 2 exemption.

You must also be in full-time work in a practice with an ARB registered architect.

You will automatically be enrolled on the PEDR course. You are required to have at least eight PEDR sheets completed by the time you take the professional interview in November, four of which must be post-part 2.

The qualification leads to access in the UK register with title and access to market. Please note that the qualification may have no bearing on registration in a legal jurisdiction other than the UK.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice at the Leicester School of Architecture – one of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK – prepares you for registration and chartership.

You will reflect on the evolution of the professional architect, relevant legislation and alternative approaches to practice and management. The course will develop your professional acumen in business organisation, management and commerce, advocacy, ethics and marketing, contracts and interpersonal skills.

The course offers a flexible learning programme comprising three study units, each lasting three days, typically running from October to October.  Study units cover the following topics:

Marketing, Management and Practice, covering the skills and knowledge needed to understand the set-up, professional and economic management, and marketing of a professional architectural practice in various forms.

Building Contracts,  covering the range of common building contracts, their application and the contractual relationships between contracted parties.

Architect and the Law,  covering legislation affecting contract law, planning and development, and the wider regulations related to architecture and the building industry.

The course offers a flexible learning programme comprising of three-day study blocks typically running from October to October, a final two-day exam (which can be taken in the office where you are employed) and a professional interview in October 2019. Our Architectural Practice PG Dip enjoys close relationships with established practitioners, academics and consultants, who provide guidance on to topical issues in contracts, law, economics and management.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for more information about course fees and available funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0)116 250 6070