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. 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 PG Dip is a 12 month programme, commencing in October. During this time you will undertake 3 study units, each one being delivered in blocks of 3 days. In addition, you will be expected to undertake an average of 4 hours of independent study each week throughout the 12 months

Key features

  • Successful candidates gain eligibility to join the register at the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) and chartered membership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
  • The  long-standing Leicester School of Architecture is one of the  oldest architectural schools in the UK.  Our approach draws on years of experience to challenge conventions and redefine the future of architectural practice.
  • Learn the key aspects of the role of the architect such as setting up, marketing and managing a practice, and gain an understanding of legislation and contracts related to the building industry.
  • Learn from established practitioners, academics and consultants, who will  ensure you are responding to contemporary, real-world issues grounded in theory and practice.
  • Our award-winning Vijay Patel building  has been designed to provide the space and facilities where  all of  our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish.

Information for international students

This course is not suitable for international students.

Fees and funding

UK students

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